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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.
doi:
10.5694/mja12.11199

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

Vivian K Y Leung, Epidemiologist
Susan E Harper, Clinical Nurse Consultant
Monica A Slavin, Infectious Diseases Physician
Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
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Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Australian immunisation handbook. 9th ed. 2008. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/content/handbook-home (accessed Jul 2012).
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Bull AL, Bennett N, Pitcher HC, et al. Influenza vaccine coverage among health care workers in Victorian public hospitals. Med J Aust 2007; 186: 185-186.
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Rakita RM, Hagar BA, Crome P, et al. Mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers: a 5-year study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010; 31: 881-888.
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