Influenza vaccine and healthcare workers

Arch Med Res. 2011 Nov;42(8):652-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arcmed.2011.12.006. Epub 2012 Jan 4.

Abstract

We undertook this study to review attitudes, beliefs and practices of healthcare workers (HCW) toward pandemic influenza A vaccine (H1N1) 2009 reported in the literature. Relevant papers published from 2009-2011 reporting attitudes, beliefs and practices of HCW towards pandemic influenza vaccine were identified. Variables such as age, gender, profession, work place area, and previous vaccination uptake were analyzed. In this study, 30 articles regarding attitudes and beliefs toward pandemic influenza vaccination, vaccine uptake and intention to accept vaccine were analyzed. Most studies were cross-sectional in design. Vaccination intention and uptake varies among different countries, 13.5-89.0% and 7.5-63.0%, respectively. Most common reasons for rejection were fear of adverse events, doubt regarding efficacy, not feeling as belonging to a high-risk group and believing that influenza is not a serious illness. Physicians show more favorable attitudes compared to nurses. The main predictor of vaccine uptake was having received previous influenza vaccination. Pandemic influenza uptake was low in most countries. The main reason among HCW for rejection was concern regarding side effects. It is necessary to establish educational programs to provided reliable information and raise awareness of HCW about vaccine use so that they can act as vaccine promoters among the general population.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype / immunology*
  • Influenza Vaccines*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*

Substances

  • Influenza Vaccines