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dc.contributor.authorVan Buynder, PG
dc.contributor.authorKonrad, S
dc.contributor.authorKersteins, F
dc.contributor.authorPreston, E
dc.contributor.authorBrown, PD
dc.contributor.authorKeen, D
dc.contributor.authorMurray, NJ
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-03T03:05:19Z
dc.date.available2018-12-03T03:05:19Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0264-410X
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.048
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/173519
dc.description.abstractBackground: A new policy requiring staff in clinical areas to vaccinate or wear a mask was implemented in British Columbia (BC) in the 2012/13 winter. This review assessed the impact of the policy on absenteeism in health care workers. Methods: A retrospective cohort study of full-time HCW that worked prior to and during the 2012/13 influenza season in a health authority in BC. The rate of absenteeism due to all cause illness was compared between vaccinated and unvaccinated staff controlling for behaviors outside influenza season. Results: Of the 10079 HCW, 77% were vaccinated. By comparison to absenteeism rates in the pre-influenza season, unvaccinated staff in winter had twice the increase in absenteeism due to all-cause illness than vaccinated staff. Conclusion: After controlling for baseline differences between those vaccinated and unvaccinated, influenza vaccination was associated with reduced absenteeism, saving the Health Authority substantial money. Having regular staff in attendance increases the quality of care.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1625
dc.relation.ispartofpageto1628
dc.relation.ispartofissue13
dc.relation.ispartofjournalVaccine
dc.relation.ispartofvolume33
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEpidemiology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAgricultural and Veterinary Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111706
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode06
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode07
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode11
dc.titleHealthcare worker influenza immunization vaccinate or mask policy: Strategies for cost effective implementation and subsequent reductions in staff
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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gro.rights.copyright© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorVan Buynder, Paul G.


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