Modeling the effects of influenza vaccination of health care workers in hospital departments

C. van den Dool*, M. J. M. Bonten, E. Hak, J. Wallinga

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    Nowadays health care worker (HCW) vaccination is widely recommended. Although the benefits of this strategy have been demonstrated in long-term care settings, no studies have been performed in regular hospital departments. We adapt a previously developed model of influenza transmission in a long-term care nursing home department to study the effects of HCW vaccination in hospital wards. We study both the effectiveness and efficiency in reducing the hazard rates of influenza virus infection for patients. Most scenarios under study show a similar or higher impact of hospital HCW vaccination than has been predicted for the long-term care nursing home department. Therefore, it seems justified to extend the recommendations for HCW vaccination, based on results in the long-term care setting, to short-term care settings as well. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)6261-6267
    Aantal pagina's7
    Nummer van het tijdschrift44
    StatusPublished - 19-okt.-2009

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