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Kiersten Pianosi, Tara Chobotuk, Beth A Halperin, Scott A Halperin, "Influenza Immunization Practices and Policies for Health Care Students in Canada", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 24, Article ID 569421, 7 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/569421
Influenza Immunization Practices and Policies for Health Care Students in Canada
BACKGROUND: Influenza vaccine is recommended for all health care providers including health care students. Little is known about how health care student programs provide information about influenza vaccination to their students, deliver vaccines and document their vaccination status.METHODS: A mixed-methods approach was used and included key informant interviews of program coordinators for health care student programs in Halifax (Nova Scotia) and a national survey of program coordinators of health care student programs across Canada.RESULTS: All 21 coordinators of programs that had students placed at the IWK Health Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia) during the influenza season were interviewed. Surveys were completed by 93 (36.3%) of 256 eligible coordinators representing 134 different programs (response rate 52.3%). Most programs encouraged seasonal influenza vaccination but only 28 (20.9%) required it. None of the Halifax programs delivered influenza vaccine and most preferred a coordinated, centrally administered program. In contrast, many programs across Canada delivered influenza vaccine and did not desire a centralized process.CONCLUSION: There is considerable variability in the delivery of influenza vaccine to health care students across Canada. Coordinated programs may be desirable where delivery programs do not already exist.
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