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dc.contributor.authorCampbell, J
dc.description.abstractHealthcare workers (HCW) may have high rates of clinical and subclinical influenza during influenza seasons. It is not uncommon for HCW to continue attending work while infected with influenza, increasing the likelihood of transmitting the infection to those in their care. Laboratory proven influenza in the general population accounts for a small proportion of “influenza‐like illnesses.” One study found that 3% of vaccinated working adults had laboratory proven influenza symptoms compared with 4.8% of vaccinated HCW, compared with 5.12% of unvaccinated working adults and 7.54% of HCW having laboratory proven influenza symptoms (Kuster et al., 2011). Elderly individuals have a lower response to vaccination because of less responsive immune systems. One way to reduce the spread of influenza to those aged 60 years and older residing in long‐term care institutions (LTCI) may be to vaccinate HCW. In 2003 in the United States, only 36% of all HCW were vaccinated, and 35% of staff in LTCI in Canada were vaccinated in 1999 (Carman et al., 2000; Stevenson, McArthur, Naus, Abraham, & McGeer, 2001). This review (Thomas, Jefferson, & Lasserson, 2016) is important to provide accurate information for informed decision‐making by policy makers and to highlight the need for high quality research to test combinations of interventions including vaccination of HCWs.
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.titleInfluenza vaccination for healthcare workers who care for people aged 60 or older living in long-term care institutions
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCampbell, J, Influenza vaccination for healthcare workers who care for people aged 60 or older living in long-term care institutions, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2019, 25 (3)
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gro.griffith.authorCampbell, Jill L.

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