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Influenza immunization among resident physicians in an urban teaching hospital

Published:December 18, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.029

      Highlights

      • The self-reported immunization rate of resident physicians in 2013-2014 was 76.7%.
      • Lack of time to get immunized was the most cited reason for nonvaccination.
      • Availability of vaccination at convenient locations and times improves vaccination.
      • Instituting a mandatory influenza vaccine policy was felt to be a strong motivator.
      We surveyed resident physicians (RPs) at an academic medical center to determine the rate of influenza vaccination and reasons for nonvaccination. The overall self-reported immunization rate of RPs in 2013-2014 was 76.7%, and the most common reason for not being vaccinated was lack of time to get immunized (38.6%). Making flu vaccination available in training hospitals and at convenient locations and times that take into account varying work schedules may increase compliance.

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