The cost-effectiveness of influenza vaccination for health care workers in Queensland Health

Lead Researcher : Dr Lisa Hall
Collaborators: Dr Stephen Lambert, Prof Nicholas Graves, Dr Katharina Merollini

Project commenced in 2012.

Aim: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the current Queensland Health influenza vaccination programme for health care workers.

Research Questions:
1. Is the current influenza vaccination programme effective in terms of reduced staff absenteeism?
2. Is the current influenza vaccination programme cost-effective, i.e. are programme expenditures compensated by reduced sick days during flu season?
3. Should the current programme be continued?

Data collection: The data is collected through linkage of existing Queensland Health records, such as employee’s vaccination status and periods of absenteeism due to influenza. Cost parameters are derived from administrative records.

How the results will improve health services: Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of current HCW influenza vaccination programs facilitates decisions on future investments or disinvestments in this area. If the current programme did not have an effect on vaccination coverage and/or staff absenteeism avoided scarce resources could be utilised in other much needed areas. If this research shows that this investment is cost-effective, Queensland Health can rest assured that it contributes to staff well-being and patient safety in healthcare facilities.

Funding Agency: Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention (CHRISP) - Queensland Government


Professor Nicholas Graves
Dr Lisa Hall