E-learning course: Influenza vaccination among health care workers - assess and communicate to improve uptake
Annual influenza vaccination among healthcare workers (HCWs) is important, but the vaccination uptake remains low in most European countries. This e-learning course explains why influenza is a serious disease and why prevention of influenza among HCWs is important. It also gives advice on how to plan, design, monitor and evaluate an influenza vaccination campaign.
About the course
Annual influenza vaccination among healthcare workers (HCWs) is important, but the vaccination uptake remains low in most European countries.
This e-learning course targets people who are responsible for planning, designing, monitoring and evaluating seasonal influenza vaccination or other vaccination campaigns targeting HCWs.
The first part of this e-learning course explains why influenza is a serious disease and why prevention of influenza among HCWs is important. The evidence on the benefits of influenza vaccination is important for public health decision making.
The second part of the course focuses on how to assess the uptake and barriers to vaccination and practical help on how to plan a vaccination campaign.
Outline of the course
The course contains the following seven modules:
- Influenza disease
- Protection against influenza
- Assessing vaccination policy, practices and uptake
- Planning vaccination campaigns
- Designing vaccination campaigns - examples
- Lessons learned and next steps.
Participants are expected to interact and share best practices in the discussion forum that will continue to be available for course participants only.
How to enrol
The online 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.
More about influenza vaccination
Priority risk groups for influenza vaccination (ECDC guidance, published 2008)
This paper identifies and describes population groups at increased risk for severe outcomes of influenza (“risk groups”) and advocates vaccination for two major groups, namely a) persons in the older age group, usually 65 years and older; and b) persons with chronic medical conditions.
Seasonal influenza vaccination of children and pregnant women (ECDC guidance, published 2012)
The aim of this guidance document is to provide EU/EEA Member States and EU bodies with relevant information to make an informed decision on routine vaccination of healthy children and pregnant women with seasonal influenza vaccine. The options presented in this document are based on a systematic review of the literature and the opinions of a group of independent experts.
Influenza vaccination coverage
The Council has set clear vaccination coverage targets for the elderly and risk groups and the EU Member States have agreed to have strong influenza immunisation programmes for the elderly and risk groups and on the importance of strong immunisation programmes in general.
Implementation of the Council Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination
In support of the EU Council Recommendation of December 2009 on seasonal influenza vaccination, this technical report provides data on vaccination policies and strategies, vaccination coverage data, and data on barriers to vaccination for seasonal influenza in the EU/EEA countries.
Review of the scientific literature on drivers and barriers of seasonal influenza vaccination coverage in the EU/EEA
The report aims to provide a critical review of evidence on the barriers and drivers of seasonal influenza vaccination coverage in the EU/EEA. The report focuses on high-risk groups where high coverage of seasonal flu vaccination is most important. The 2009 Council of the European Union Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination encourages countries to implement measures that would increase seasonal influenza vaccination uptake to at least 75% for defined older age groups, and, if possible, for other risk groups. In support of this, the ECDC report summarises the evidence on what are the barriers and what are the drivers for seasonal influenza vaccination by each risk group
More about communication on immunisation
Communication guides on immunisation
A collection of ECDC guides related to communicating about immunisation.
Communication toolkit on immunisation: How to increase immunisation uptake
Communication research on immunisation
A collection of ECDC resources on research related to communicating about immunisation.
Meeting report: Understanding the behavioural aspects and the role of health communication in mitigating the impact of seasonal influenza
The meeting report covers health communication strategies that could be undertaken to better promote influenza prevention measures and the healthcare professionals’ role in the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination.
Seasonal influenza is a preventable infectious disease with mostly respiratory symptoms. It is caused by influenza virus and is easily transmitted, predominantly via the droplet and contact routes and by indirect spread from respiratory secretions on hands etc.
Immunisation and vaccines
Vaccines represent one of the most effective and cost-saving public health intervention.