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

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” [1] 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.