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Attitudes of healthcare workers to influenza vaccination

Knowler, Philippa; Barrett, Michelle; Watson, Ashley

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Background: Whilst annual influenza vaccination is recommended for healthcare workers (HCWs), many remain unvaccinated. Our study aim was to identify the main motivators and barriers that influenced the decisions of HCWs regarding influenza vaccination. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was employed using a survey for data collection. From June - September 2015, 327 HCWs employed at Canberra Hospital were surveyed. Data were collected on employment position, influenza vaccination...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKnowler, Philippa
dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorWatson, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-17T00:43:04Z
dc.identifier.issn2468-0451
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/195620
dc.description.abstractBackground: Whilst annual influenza vaccination is recommended for healthcare workers (HCWs), many remain unvaccinated. Our study aim was to identify the main motivators and barriers that influenced the decisions of HCWs regarding influenza vaccination. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was employed using a survey for data collection. From June - September 2015, 327 HCWs employed at Canberra Hospital were surveyed. Data were collected on employment position, influenza vaccination history, reasons behind individual decisions on vaccination, and attitudes to ongoing vaccination. Both fixed and optional free-text responses were sought and analysed. Results: Major motivators for vaccination included protection of others, personal protection and professional habit. Major barriers to vaccination included concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy, and difficulties accessing vaccination. The main factors that would encourage unvaccinated staff to be vaccinated included protecting patients and family, and reassurance regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccination. Conclusion: Both educational messages and operational strategies need to be implemented to optimise vaccine uptake. Educational material needs to focus on professional responsibility, the broad protective benefits of vaccination and misconceptions about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Operational strategies should cover workplace access to vaccination, communication on vaccination policies, and leadership from senior staff.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rights© 2018 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
dc.sourceInfection, Disease & Health
dc.titleAttitudes of healthcare workers to influenza vaccination
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor111716 - Preventive Medicine
local.identifier.absfor111705 - Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
local.identifier.absfor110309 - Infectious Diseases
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4485658xPUB1692
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKnowler, Philippa, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBarrett, Michelle, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWatson, Ashley, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage156
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage162
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.idh.2018.03.003
local.identifier.absseo920401 - Behaviour and Health
local.identifier.absseo920109 - Infectious Diseases
local.identifier.absseo920412 - Preventive Medicine
dc.date.updated2019-07-28T08:19:58Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85046681225
local.identifier.thomsonID000441318200005
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