Study: Influenza vaccination rates differ between hospital and non-hospital settings

By: June 29th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

A study appearing in  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology looks at how and why healthcare workers in non-hospital settings differ in their acceptance of influenza vaccination, and 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—extent to which vaccination was “mandated or encouraged, perceived importance of vaccination, access to no-cost vaccine provided on-site, no fear of vaccine side effects, and trust in public health officials when they say that the influenza vaccine is safe”—non-hospital-based healthcare workers differed from hospital staff, according to the study. “Targeted interventions are needed to increase compliance with pandemic-related vaccines,” it concluded.


By Eileen Lafleur on July 4th, 2012 at 9:39 am

All of my employees understand the importance of the Influenza vaccination but are hesitant to take the vaccine because they fear the preservative used in the vaccine or refuse because the vaccine has the seasonal and H1N1 together. I feel there is plenty of advertisement and knowledge on WHY one should take the vaccine and nothing on how safe it is and what makes up the vaccine. Public fear of what is really going into their bodies is a hurdle that I find difficult to jump and we need more education on the vaccine itself and not why you should take it.

By Irene Hogetvedt on July 4th, 2012 at 11:35 am

I agree with Eileen. I also would add that I have a number if healthcare workers who “do not want my immune system tapered with – it works fine” and many are RNs. What response should I give to that. I also feel that many nurses with strong healthy immune systems have resisted many bugs over the years and so are immune to many things we don’t even know.

By C Miller on July 5th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Healthcare workers are being mandated to get the flu shot. What about all the workers in restuarants, any food service workers, the hundred of thousands of workers at big chain retail stores like Walmart, every day these folks are serving hundreds of people and all these people are spreading their germs to the workers and vice versa. Healthcare workers at least know the value of washing their hands before touching other folks belongings. Watch a Target employee pick up an item the customer just sneezed on and keep on going to the next and next and next customer spreading those germs from that sneeze or sneezing on something themselves. Never washing their hands or cleaning their area.
So the only effective means is to mandate everyone. Health care workers are the least of our concern I believe. They are just a captive audience and easily measurable.


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