E-learning course: Influenza vaccination campaigns targeting healthcare workers
This online course aims to support the EU/EEA Member States in their planning of annual seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns targeting healthcare workers.
Outline of the course
- Lesson 1 - Influenza disease: presents how influenza can be a mild disease in some cases and a very severe disease in others.
- Lesson 2 - Protection against influenza: describes why vaccination provides the best protection against influenza.
- Lesson 3 - Assessing vaccination policy, practices and uptake: describes how to identify available vaccination policy and analyse vaccination practices, uptake and possible barriers/motivators to vaccination in the health care setting.
- Lesson 4 - Planning vaccination campaigns: describes how to organize a vaccination campaign; procure vaccine, make vaccination available to staff, monitor who is vaccinated.
- Lesson 5 - Designing vaccination campaigns: presents options for influencing a change in vaccination uptake.
- Lesson 6 - Lessons learned and next steps: presents a model to monitor the on-going campaign, assess the outcome and adjust the next campaign.
How to enrol
The e-learning course is open to the general public and is available on the ECDC Virtual Academy. To enrol to the course you have to first create an account on the ECDC Virtual Academy.
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Why is it important to vaccinate healthcare workers?
Annual influenza vaccination among healthcare workers (HCWs) is important since higher vaccination levels among HCWs can reduce influenza related illness, and even deaths.
No one is at greater risk of contracting contagious diseases or of spreading them than HCWs.
- They are in contact with high number of patients and therefore have a higher risk of contracting influenza compared with adults working in non-health care settings.
- They can spread influenza to patients even if they don’t have any evident symptoms, as influenza can be mild or asymptomatic.
- Unimmunised HCWs put patients at risk. Influenza may be particularly serious for patients at higher risk of developing influenza-related complications. Vaccination should not be a personal preference but a commitment to the safety of the patients (1).
HCWs also play an important role in prompting a change in the behaviour of the patients since they are seen as a role model or mentor (2).
- They are considered to be the most trusted source of vaccine-related information for patients.
- They advise and deliver influenza vaccination and are in the best position to understand hesitant patients, to respond to their worries and concerns, and to find ways of explaining to them the benefits of vaccination (3).