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Do Influenza Epidemics Affect Patterns of Sickness Absence Among British Hospital Staff?

Jonathan Nguyen‐Van‐Tam , MFPHM, Ruth Granfield , BMedSci, James Pearson , PhD, Douglas Fleming , PhD, FRCGP and Nicola Keating , MSc
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 20, No. 10 (October 1999), pp. 691-694
DOI: 10.1086/501568
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501568
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Abstract

ABSTRACT Influenza vaccination for healthcare workers is not recommended in Britain, but some hospitals offer vaccine to reduce sickness absence. However, in Nottingham, the influenza epidemics of 1993‐94 and 1996‐97 made no impact on staff absence. Annual vaccination of healthcare workers against influenza is unlikely to reduce absence most winters, but there may be gains in terms of preventing nosocomial infection.

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