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Vaccine. 2012 Dec 17;31(1):23-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.10.059. Epub 2012 Oct 29.

Influenza vaccination coverage among patients and healthcare workers in a university hospital during the 2006-2007 influenza season.

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Hospices Civils de Lyon, Service d'Hygiène, Epidémiologie et Prévention, Unité Epidémiologie et Biomarqueurs de l'Infection, Lyon F-69437, France.


Despite years of public health effort to increase vaccine uptake among populations recommended for influenza vaccination, immunization rates remain low among patients and healthcare workers (HCWs). The objective of this study was to report on influenza vaccination coverage of patients and HCWs for the same time period in 4 wards of a university hospital. A prospective cross-sectional study was conducted among patients and HCWs between December 11, 2006 and April 15, 2007 and individual factors associated with being vaccinated against influenza were assessed. Results indicated that older patients were significantly more vaccinated than younger patients. Physicians and residents were more likely to be vaccinated that the rest of staff, with possible differences between wards. Immunization of HCWs is a major issue in infection control in hospitals and long-term care facilities. However, the impact of influenza vaccination among HCWs in reducing hospital-acquired influenza and patient morbidity needs to be explored further.

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