Promotion of influenza vaccination among health care workers: Findings from a tertiary care children's hospital in Italy

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Background: The aims of this study were: a) to evaluate attitudes and practices of health care workers (HCWs) towards influenza vaccination and their opinion regarding a vaccination promotion toolkit; b) to estimate hospital HCWs' influenza vaccination coverage rates (VC). Methods: The Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital (OPBG) is an academic hospital in Italy. Since 2009, free influenza vaccination is offered to HCWs during working hours. In October-December 2013, a communication campaign based on a standardized toolkit was conducted. In December 2013, we performed a cross-sectional survey in a sample of hospital wards, based on a self-administered questionnaire including participants' characteristics; self-reported influenza vaccination history; reasons for vaccination or missed vaccination; opinion regarding the toolkit. Multivariable logistic analysis was used to assess independent predictors of influenza vaccination status. Annual VC for years 2009-2013 was estimated by using the number of seasonal influenza vaccine doses administered to HCWs as numerator, and the number of hospital HCWs as denominator. Results: Out of 191 HCWs who participated in the survey, 35.6 % reported at least one influenza vaccination during their life; 6.8 % adhered to annual revaccination. Years of service and professional category were significantly and independently associated with vaccination (adjusted-OR: 2.4 for∈>∈10 years of service, compared to∈

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Cozza, V., Alfonsi, V., Rota, M. C., Paolini, V., & Ciofi Degli Atti, M. L. (2015). Promotion of influenza vaccination among health care workers: Findings from a tertiary care children’s hospital in Italy. BMC Public Health, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2067-9

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