Vaccination of health care workers working in geriatric long term care hospitals reduced patient mortality
To determine whether vaccination of health care workers (HCWs) employed in geriatric medical long term care hospitals and vaccination of long term care patients reduces incidence of influenza and death in patients.
Randomised controlled trial with 5 month follow up.
12 geriatric medical long term care hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland.
1059 patients (mean age 77 y, 71% women) who were residents of a geriatric medical hospital that provided long term care.
Randomisation was done by hospital. 6 hospitals were allocated to a vaccination programme where HCWs were vaccinated, and 6 hospitals were allocated to a no vaccination program. 1078 HCWs were involved in the study. Hospital policies of vaccinating or not vaccinating patients were maintained according to the usual practice. 6 hospitals …