Belief in Flu Shot's Value Boosts Health Workers' Uptake
Troy Brown

March 8, 2012 ? Healthcare workers (HCWs) who believe that it is important to prevent influenza are almost 4 times as likely to accept vaccination as those who do not, according to a newly published meta-analysis.

Josien Riphagen-Dalhuisen, from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues describe the findings of their meta-analysis in an article published online December 15, 2011, and in the April issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

They looked at the factors that predict whether or not HCWs in hospitals get vaccinated against seasonal influenza. HCWs are currently encouraged to get vaccinated to reduce their likelihood of becoming ill and, more important, to avoid infecting patients under their care...