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Influencing influenza

Despite targets, only half of all healthcare workers vaccinate against flu. What lies behind this reticence?

Summary:

Despite a Department of Health policy to encourage uptake of the seasonal influenza vaccine among staff involved with direct patient care, only half of all healthcare workers are vaccinated. Rhiannon Edge examines the possible reasons why healthcare workers choose whether or not to be vaccinated and explains how social network analysis is providing new insights into their decisions and motivations.      

INFLUENZA is a disease with public and occupational health (OH) consequences. This article addresses some important themes on the immunisation of healthcare workers against seasonal influenza, including:…    

Rhiannon Edge is a second-year statistics and epidemiology PhD student at Lancaster University, funded by the Colt Foundation for her research into the social network effects on influenza vaccine compliance in healthcare workers. 

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2016 (vol. 12/6) pp29-33

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