Can we know the immunization status of healthcare workers? Results of a feasibility study in hospital trusts, England, 2008

L. Pezzoli*, K. Noakes, P. Gates, F. Begum, Richard Pebody

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Abstract

In England, there is no surveillance system for vaccines offered to healthcare workers apart from that in place annually for the seasonal influenza vaccine. To inform the feasibility of a general vaccine uptake surveillance system and to understand which policies are currently in place, we conducted a survey in the 162 National Health Service Foundation and Acute Hospital trusts in England, by submitting a questionnaire to their occupational health departments on immunization policies and methods of storing vaccine uptake data. In total, 104 hospital trusts (642%) responded. All responders offer hepatitis B, tuberculosis, measles-mumps-rubella, and influenza vaccines to healthcare workers; 09% reported not offering varicella and 135% not offering tetanus-diphtheria-polio; 664% record staff eligible for immunizations and 682% record staff they have immunized. Our study suggests that setting up a surveillance system to monitor vaccine uptake in healthcare workers is possible but would be challenging, given the variation in current systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages8
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume138
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections
  • Occupation-related infections
  • Surveillance system
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases

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