Looking to increase healthcare worker flu vaccinations? Offer a day off, study suggests

A study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection examined the effectiveness of incentives to increase influenza vaccine uptake among healthcare workers.

Researchers studied actions taken to increase flu vaccine uptake among healthcare workers in Greece during the 2016-17 influenza season.

The study found offering vaccinated workers one day off work was linked to the greatest increase in flu vaccine uptake. Other actions that helped increase uptake included vaccination on site at the healthcare facility and use of reward systems.

Researchers found flu vaccination uptake among healthcare workers in acute care hospitals increased from 10.9 percent in 2015-2016 to 18 percent in 2016-2017.

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