Incentives and barriers regarding immunization against influenza and hepatitis of health care workers

FitzSimons D., Hendrickx G., Lernout T., Badur S. , Vorsters A., Van Damme P.

VACCINE, vol.32, no.38, pp.4849-4854, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 38
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.06.072
  • Title of Journal : VACCINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.4849-4854


A meeting of the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board in Barcelona in November 2012 brought together health care professionals concerned with viral hepatitis and those concerned with other vaccine-preventable diseases (especially influenza) in order to share experiences and find ways to increase the protection of health care workers through vaccination. Despite the existence of numerous intergovernmental and national resolutions, recommendations or published guidelines, vaccine uptake rates in health care workers are often shockingly low and campaigns to increase those rates have been generally unsuccessful.