Influenza vaccine coverage among health care workers in Victorian public hospitals

Med J Aust. 2007 Feb 19;186(4):185-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00858.x.


Objective: To assess influenza vaccine uptake among health care workers in Victorian public hospitals in 2005.

Design, setting and participants: Infection control staff in all Victorian public hospitals were asked to collect standardised data on numbers of non-casual staff and vaccinations administered to these staff during the 2005 vaccination period.

Main outcome measures: Proportion of total non-casual staff vaccinated; proportion of non-casual staff vaccinated in various staff categories.

Results: Seventy-four of 122 hospitals or health services (85 individual campuses) submitted data for 63 330 non-casual staff. The overall proportion vaccinated in 2005 was 38%, ranging from 34% for non-clinical staff to 42% for laboratory staff.

Conclusion: Vaccine uptake among staff in Victorian hospitals is low, and increased uptake is desirable to improve staff health and reduce the occurrence of hospital-acquired influenza and the risk to patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Facility Size / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, Public / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control Practitioners / statistics & numerical data
  • Influenza Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Laboratories, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Personnel, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Victoria


  • Influenza Vaccines