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Impact of an influenza vaccine educational programme on healthcare personnel

  • R. RODRÍGUEZ-FERNÁNDEZ (a1) (a2), A. B. MARTÍNEZ-LÓPEZ (a1), J. PÉREZ-MORENO (a1), M. I. GONZÁLEZ-SÁNCHEZ (a1) (a2), F. GONZÁLEZ-MARTÍNEZ (a1) (a2), T. HERNÁNDEZ-SAMPELAYO (a2) (a3) and A. MEJIAS (a4)...

Summary

Influenza vaccination has been shown to be the most effective preventive strategy to reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality in high-risk groups. Despite healthcare personnel (HCP) being considered part of such high-risk groups, their vaccination coverage is low in Europe. In January 2012, we distributed an 18-question survey regarding influenza vaccination to HCP at Gregorio Marañon Paediatric Hospital, in Madrid, Spain. After we documented that only ~30% of HCP were vaccinated an educational programme was implemented in October 2012 before the next influenza season. In January 2013, the same survey delivered again to all HCP documented a significant increase in vaccination rates (from 30% to 40%, P = 0·007) mainly among physicians and for patients' protection. In summary we found that a simple and inexpensive educational programme significantly improved the uptake of influenza vaccination in HCP in our centre. Nevertheless, vaccination rates remained low, and broader and updated campaigns are needed to overcome perception barriers.

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*Author for correspondence: Dr R. Rodríguez-Fernández, Sección of General Paediatrics, Hospital Infantil Gregorio Marañón, Calle O'Donnell 50, 28007, Madrid, Spain. (Email: rrodriguezf.hgugm@salud.madrid.org)

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