Influenza Vaccination for Doctors and Nurses?

german translation / full article

A Cochrane review for specific outcomes of routine influenza vaccination of healthcare workers who care for people aged 60 or older living in long-term care institutions (lower respiratory tract infection [LTCI], or hospitalisation or death due to lower respiratory tract illness) did not identify a benefit of healthcare worker vaccination on these key outcomes. The review did not find information on co-interventions with healthcare worker vaccination (such as hand-washing, face masks, early detection of laboratory-proven influenza, quarantine, avoiding admissions, antivirals and asking healthcare workers with influenza or influenza-like-illness not to work). The paper does not provide reasonable evidence to support the vaccination of healthcare workers to prevent influenza in those aged 60 years or older resident in LTCIs.

(State: 12.05.2015)

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