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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 136–138 | Cite as

Influenza Vaccination

A Call for a Multiple Intervention Approach
  • Donna M. Pierrynowski GallantEmail author
  • Mary Ann Murray
  • Shelly McNeil
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Abstract

Influenza seriously impacts the health and well-being of individuals and communities and has significant implications for the health care system. Despite known benefits of influenza vaccination, inoculation rates among health care providers remain low. Close proximity to patients, the potential to act as an infection vector and their role in patient education has focussed attention on how health care professionals make personal vaccination decisions. This commentary explores the inherent complexity of vaccination decision-making and offers suggestions for a multiple intervention approach to address health care providers’ vaccination uptake needs. Directions for future research are also discussed.

MeSH terms

Influenza health personnel intervention studies decision making 

Résumé

La grippe porte gravement atteinte à la santé et au bien-être des personnes et des collectivités, et elle a des répercussions importantes sur le système de soins de santé. Malgré les avantages connus du vaccin antigrippal, les taux d’inoculation des dispensateurs de soins de santé demeurent faibles. Or, leurs liens étroits avec les patients, la possibilité qu’ils propagent les infections et leur rôle dans la sensibilisation des patients attirent l’attention sur la façon dont les professionnels de la santé prennent individuellement la décision de se faire vacciner ou non. Ce commentaire traite de la complexité intrinsèque du processus décisionnel en matière de vaccination et propose une approche axée sur les interventions multiples pour convaincre les dispensateurs de soins de santé d’accepter de se faire vacciner. Il est aussi question des pistes de recherche à explorer.

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© The Canadian Public Health Association 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donna M. Pierrynowski Gallant
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mary Ann Murray
    • 2
  • Shelly McNeil
    • 3
  1. 1.School of NursingSaint Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada
  2. 2.School of NursingUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Division of Infectious DiseasesDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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