Effects of a multi-faceted program to increase influenza vaccine uptake among health care workers in nursing homes: a cluster randomised controlled trial

I Looijmans-van den Akker, J J M van Delden, Th J M Verheij, M A B van der Sande, G A van Essen, J Riphagen-Dalhuisen, M E Hulscher, E Hak

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Abstract

Despite the recommendation of the Dutch association of nursing home physicians (NVVA) to be immunized against influenza, vaccine uptake among HCWs in nursing homes remains unacceptably low. Therefore we conducted a cluster randomised controlled trial among 33 Dutch nursing homes to assess the effects of a systematically developed multi-faceted intervention program on influenza vaccine uptake among HCWs. The intervention program resulted in a significantly higher, though moderate, influenza vaccine uptake among HCWs in nursing homes. To take full advantage of this measure, either the program should be adjusted and implemented over a longer time period or mandatory influenza vaccination should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
JournalVaccine
Volume28
Issue number31
Pages (from-to)5086-92
Number of pages7
ISSN0264-410X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Personnel/statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs/economics
  • Influenza Vaccines/administration & dosage
  • Influenza, Human/prevention & control
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Nursing Homes

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