Study: Influenza vaccination rates differ between hospital and nonhospital settings

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 28, 2012

A study appearing in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology looks at how and why healthcare workers in nonhospital settings differ in their acceptance of influenza vaccination, in particular the vaccination for H1N1.

"H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Compliance Among Hospital- And Non-Hospital-Based Healthcare Personnel" surveyed 3,188 workers to determine what factors most influenced uptake in various work settings "so that interventions can be developed for use in encouraging uptake of future pandemic or emerging infectious disease vaccines."

Among the possible determinants—"[the extent to which vaccination was] mandated or encouraged, perceived importance of vaccination, access to no-cost vaccine provided onsite, no fear of vaccine side effects, and trust in public health officials when they say that the influenza vaccine is safe"—non-hospitalbased healthcare workers differed from hospital staff, according to the study. "Targeted interventions are needed to increase compliance with pandemic-related vaccines," it concluded.

Source: Excerpted from Medical Environment Update, August 2012.

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