Influenza vaccination among healthcare workers in Italy: The experience of a large tertiary acute-care teaching hospital

Cristiano Alicino, Rocco Iudici, Ilaria Barberis, Chiara Paganino, Roberto Cacciani, Monica Zacconi, Angela Battistini, Dorotea Bellina, Anna Maria Di Bella, Antonella Talamini, Laura Sticchi, Alessandra Morando, Filippo Ansaldi, Paolo Durando

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Influenza vaccination is a fundamental tool for the prevention of influenza in healthcare settings and its administration to healthcare workers (HCWs) is recommended in more than 40 countries including United States of America and many countries of the European Union. Despite these recommendations, the compliance of HCWs to influenza vaccination is largely inadequate in Italy. Since 2005/06 season, a comprehensive multifaceted intervention project aimed at increasing the seasonal influenza vaccination coverage rates among HCWs was performed at the IRCCS AOU San Martino IST teaching hospital in Genoa, Italy, the regional tertiary adult acute-care reference center with a 1300 bed capacity. Despite almost a decade of efforts, the vaccination coverage rates registered at our hospital steadily remain unsatisfactory and very distant by the minimum objective of 75% defined by the Italian Ministry of Health. During the last influenza season (2013/14), vaccination coverage rates by occupation type resulted 30% among physicians, 11% among nurses and 9% among other clinical personnel. Further efforts are necessary to prevent the transmission of influenza to patient and novel strategies need to be identified and implemented in order to increase the compliance of HCWs, particularly nurses, with the seasonal influenza vaccination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Healthcare workers
  • Immunization
  • Influenza
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology


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