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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2016 Jun;40(3):281-3. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12517. Epub 2016 Mar 30.

Influenza vaccination uptake among Victorian healthcare workers: evaluating the success of a statewide program.

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Victorian Healthcare-Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Coordinating Centre, Peter Doherty Institute, Victoria.
Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria.



Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all Australian healthcare workers (HCWs). In 2014, a target vaccination uptake of 75% was set for Victorian healthcare facilities. This study aimed to determine the 2014 uptake, describe trends over time and propose an enhanced reporting framework.


Annual data submitted to the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) regarding HCW influenza were evaluated for 2005-2014. Faculty uptake - the number of vaccinations administered divided by total number of staff employed - was reported as a statewide aggregate and stratified by facility size (number of staff employed).


In 2014, 78,885 HCWs were vaccinated across 93 healthcare facilities, corresponding to an overall uptake of 72.2%. During 2005-2014, small facilities (<100 HCWs) generally reported highest uptake while larger facilities (≥800 HCWs) recorded lowest uptake. Larger facilities recorded the greatest increase (+13.9%) when 2013 and 2014 seasons were compared. For all healthcare facility size categories, the highest uptake was observed in 2014.


Influenza vaccination uptake in HCWs has successfully been introduced as a performance indicator in Victorian healthcare facilities and a peak uptake was reported in 2014. Varied trends are evident when uptake is stratified by number of employed HCWs, providing a feasible and meaningful method for benchmarking.


healthcare worker (HCW); influenza; surveillance; vaccination

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