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Influenza vaccination among nurses in Greece

General Hospital of Korinthos, Greece.
American journal of infection control (Impact Factor: 2.33). 08/2011; 40(3):276-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.04.050
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ABSTRACT Seasonal influenza has become a serious public health problem worldwide, and vaccination is recognized as the most effective preventative measure. However, data suggest that influenza vaccination rates are generally low among health care workers. The present study showed that the vaccination rates for influenza among nurses are 21.2%.

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