January 29, 2015
Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University have found low rates of influenza vaccination among health care workers at nursing homes.
“Vaccination rates would be higher if staff held accurate beliefs about vaccination and influenza,” the researchers wrote in American Journal of Infection Control. “Low vaccination rates among employees place vulnerable populations (eg, older adults), in whom the vaccine is not as effective, at risk of contracting the virus. Our findings support the need for additional research on the use of incentives and educational strategies targeted at staff.”