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Flu vaccine uptake

A meta-analysis of research on seasonal influenza vaccination identifies five non-demographic factors significantly associated with a two-fold or more increase in uptake among healthcare workers: knowledge that the vaccine is effective; being willing to prevent flu transmission; belief that it is highly contagious; belief that prevention is important; and having a family that is usually vaccinated. Men, workers over 40, and physicians are more likely to be vaccinated; being a nurse is negatively associated with vaccine uptake.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2012; online first: doi: 10.1136/oemed-2011-100134.

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2012 (vol. 08/5) pp41