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Relationship of Influenza Vaccination Declination Statements and Influenza Vaccination Rates for Healthcare Workers in 22 US Hospitals

Philip M. Polgreen MDMPH, Edward J. Septimus MD, Michael F. Parry MD, Susan E. Beekmann RNMPH, Joseph E. Cavanaugh PhD, Arjun Srinivasan MD and Thomas R. Talbot MDMPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 7 (July 2008), pp. 675-677
DOI: 10.1086/588590
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/588590
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Relationship of Influenza Vaccination Declination Statements and Influenza Vaccination Rates for Healthcare Workers in 22 US Hospitals
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Abstract

The use of declination statements was associated with a mean increase of 11.6% in influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers at 22 hospitals. In most hospitals, there were no negative consequences for healthcare workers who refused to sign the forms, and most policies were implemented along with other interventions designed to increase vaccination rates.

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