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Promotional campaigns recommend immunisation against influenza in healthcare workers (HCWs) but the uptake in this group remains low. We conducted a survey study during the 2008-2009 influenza vaccination period amongst future HCWs to quantify uptake and identify barriers to immunisation. Overall uptake was 8.0% (95% CI 5.9-10.8%), which is lower than the uptake amongst current HCWs (13.4%) and short of current government targets (75%). Knowledge about influenza was good but insufficient to encourage HCWs to get vaccinated. Promotional campaigns are needed that emphasise the role of vaccination in personal and patient protection. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.04.066

Type

Journal article

Journal

Vaccine

Publication Date

23/06/2010

Volume

28

Pages

4668 - 4672