Physician attitudes towards influenza immunization and vaccine mandates

Vaccine. 2010 Mar 16;28(13):2517-21. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.01.042. Epub 2010 Jan 29.

Abstract

Aim: We surveyed physicians' opinions and acceptance of influenza immunization.

Scope: A web-based survey was sent to all physicians in two academic departments during spring 2009.

Results: 227 (40.5%) physicians responded. Physicians who frequently cared for high-risk patients self-reported higher immunization rates than physicians with infrequent contact (P=0.0002). There were no significant differences in immunization rates between emergency medicine (EM) and internal medicine (IM), between those with and without children at home, nor by age group. A majority (84.6%) supported mandatory vaccination. IM physicians were more supportive of mandates than EM physicians (P<0.0001).

Conclusion: Self-reported immunization rates were high among study physicians. Acceptance of mandatory vaccination was substantial, but varied by specialty.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Influenza Vaccines / immunology*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Influenza, Human / transmission
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physicians*

Substances

  • Influenza Vaccines