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Vaccination of health care workers working in geriatric long term care hospitals reduced patient mortality

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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 …

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  • Sources of funding: Greater Glasgow Health Board Care of the Elderly Unit and Medeva.

  • For article reprint: Professor D J Stott, Academic Section of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, G4 OSF, Scotland. Fax +44 (0)141 211 4944.

  • Adapted from an abstract published in Evidence-Based Medicine 1997 Jul-Aug;2:121.

  • * p values calculated from data in article.