INFLUENZA VACCINATION AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS-THE DATA AND THE DUTY Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract Seasonal influenza is a significant disease affecting public health due to substantial morbidity and mortality and a high economic burden. in view of its high propensity for genetic mutations, the virus can easily evade preexisting immunity acquired from prior exposure to it, thereby causing severe seasonal epidemics. Influenza vaccination has been shown to be safe and effective. In many countries, including Israel, it is recommended to all members of the population aged 6 months and older, especially those with a higher risk of developing severe complications. Its adverse effects are mostly minimal, local and systemic. No evidence-based relationship between the vaccination and neurological syndromes was found. Infected health care workers (HCWs) may transmit influenza to patients, many of whom have serious underlying conditions that increase their risk of complications …

publication date

  • January 1, 2017