To the Editor: Poor influenza vaccination uptake among Australian health care workers has recently come under scrutiny in the media.1 The Australian immunisation handbook recommends influenza vaccination for all health care workers to prevent influenza transmission to patients and other staff.2 Despite this recommendation, the proportion of h
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Influenza vaccination uptake in an Australian hospital: time to make it mandatory for health care workers?
Vivian K Y Leung, Susan E Harper and Monica A Slavin
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (10): 552.
Vivian K Y Leung, Epidemiologist
Susan E Harper, Clinical Nurse Consultant
Monica A Slavin, Infectious Diseases Physician
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Talbot TR, Babcock H, Caplan AL, et al. Revised SHEA position paper: influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010; 31: 987-995.
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