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Overview of the influenza vaccination activities and legal frameworks in 26 Swiss cantons during the influenza season 2019/20


Ammeter, Tamara; Lang, Phung; Czock, Astrid (2022). Overview of the influenza vaccination activities and legal frameworks in 26 Swiss cantons during the influenza season 2019/20. Vaccine, 40(12):1702-1706.

Abstract

Background

In Switzerland, the implementation of national health and prevention strategies is regulated at the cantonal level. To date, no in-depth inventory outlining the cantonal health activities and legal frameworks for influenza vaccination exists.
Objective

To assess the activities and legal frameworks for influenza vaccination during the 2019/20 season across all 26 Swiss cantons.
Method

Survey using a structured closed-ended questionnaire.
Results

The activities’ range across the cantons is broad from 11 activities in the canton Vaud to one in cantons Grisons and Jura. French/Italian-speaking cantons conduct 1.5 times more influenza vaccination activities on average than the German-speaking cantons. 23 of 26 cantons authorize influenza vaccination by pharmacists. All cantons allow nurses to vaccinate under the responsibility of a doctor.
Conclusion

Influenza vaccination activities and vaccination-specific legal frameworks vary by canton and linguistic regions. Future vaccination strategies should consider concerted approaches to optimize their successful implementation.

Abstract

Background

In Switzerland, the implementation of national health and prevention strategies is regulated at the cantonal level. To date, no in-depth inventory outlining the cantonal health activities and legal frameworks for influenza vaccination exists.
Objective

To assess the activities and legal frameworks for influenza vaccination during the 2019/20 season across all 26 Swiss cantons.
Method

Survey using a structured closed-ended questionnaire.
Results

The activities’ range across the cantons is broad from 11 activities in the canton Vaud to one in cantons Grisons and Jura. French/Italian-speaking cantons conduct 1.5 times more influenza vaccination activities on average than the German-speaking cantons. 23 of 26 cantons authorize influenza vaccination by pharmacists. All cantons allow nurses to vaccinate under the responsibility of a doctor.
Conclusion

Influenza vaccination activities and vaccination-specific legal frameworks vary by canton and linguistic regions. Future vaccination strategies should consider concerted approaches to optimize their successful implementation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Molecular Medicine
Life Sciences > General Immunology and Microbiology
Health Sciences > General Veterinary
Health Sciences > Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Health Sciences > Infectious Diseases
Uncontrolled Keywords:Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, General Veterinary, General Immunology and Microbiology, Molecular Medicine
Language:English
Date:1 March 2022
Deposited On:24 Jan 2023 18:22
Last Modified:28 Jun 2024 01:40
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0264-410X
Additional Information:Short communication
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.02.009
PubMed ID:35172940
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  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)