Recommended health care personnel immunization: Exploring immunization rates, motivators, and barriers to immunization in health care personnel

Jessica R. Moyle, Catherine A. Carrico, Christopher S. Wichman

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Abstract

Immunization rates among health care personnel (HCP) have remained low despite advances in vaccine development with reported rates ranging from 27% to 72% for commonly recommended vaccines. Within the United States, HCP are placing patients, families, and themselves at considerable risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. A significant source of infection, HCP are carriers of infectious agents and often unknowingly transmit these contagious diseases while experiencing minimal or no symptoms. This study examined the current immunization rates of HCP for influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), and hepatitis B in Nebraska, as well as identified motivators and barriers to vaccination. Nebraska HCP surveyed included physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, nursing assistants, and clerical or administrative staff of nonrestricted ethnic backgrounds age 19 years and older. Nebraska HCP immunization rates were statistically above the national rates. Motivators and barriers were also identified for each vaccine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Barriers
  • Health care personnel
  • Immunization
  • Motivators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy

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