Here we go again!
This is really becoming tiring, good old Australia the "Nanny State" is at it again.
Now we are AGAIN seeing investigation into vaccination uptake rates of Australian Health Care Workers.
And with the THREAT of legislation to increase these rates if other methods are unsuccessful.
Having been one of this identified demographic, I can personally and honestly attest to the fact that Australian Health Care Workers are amply trained and versed in good infection control proceedures and furthermore IF I was still working in that profession and I was to receive mandatory vaccinations, or my right to choose what I have put into my body is removed for ANY reason, I would immediately resign.
What is happening to personal freedoms.
Health Care Workers do have sick leave and more that most, know to isolate themselves should they become ill, so why is there any need to believe that the only solution is Mandatory innoculation, there are other options, that Professional and Responsible Health Care Workers are more than capable of utilizing and with better outcomes.
This is a simple reflection of two things.
One: Some power intoxicated idiot knows too little about what he or she is talking about.
Two: This identity is so lacking in the grey matter that He/She is quite happy to announce to the world that deficiency by displaying it so publicly.Review of strategies to enhance the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination by Australian healthcare workers.
SourceJames Cook University, School of Medicine and Dentistry, 101 Angus Smith Drive, Townsville Queensland.
Annual vaccination of healthcare workers (HCWs) against seasonal influenza is recommended by The Australian Immunisation Handbook to prevent personal morbidity and transmission to patients. There are limited data available concerning the uptake of this vaccination by Australian healthcare workers, and few studies have investigated the determinants of this uptake. This report therefore aims to review the seasonal influenza immunisation uptake rates of Australian HCWs, the determinants of these rates, and strategies to improve them. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PubMed and the Cochrane Library were searched for literature published online between January 2000 and May 2011. A manual search of the grey literature was also undertaken. Studies of influenza pandemic A(H1N1) 2009 immunisation were excluded. Eleven relevant studies were identified. The published data suggests that annual seasonal influenza immunisation rates among Australian HCWs are below recommended levels (range 22%-70%). Factors contributing to the decision to be immunised demonstrate only minor variations from those identified in international samples. There is little high quality evidence to support specific strategies and interventions to increase uptake of immunisation in HCWs. Further high quality research is needed to demonstrate the efficacy of strategies and interventions on HCW immunisation uptake, particularly in Australian samples, and if conventional interventions continue to prove ineffective, policy change to mandatory seasonal influenza immunisation should be considered.
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