Influenza vaccination competence of nurses in France: A survey in nursing schools

Am J Infect Control. 2016 Feb;44(2):236-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.09.013. Epub 2015 Nov 14.


Since 2008, French nurses have been allowed to vaccinate against influenza without medical prescription. Our survey aimed at assessing nursing students' knowledge and perception of this prerogative. Among 213 responders, 61% were aware of this matter, and 47.5% were familiar with its requirements. Most (75.6%) were positive about it. Influenza vaccination without medical prescription is well-known and validated by nursing students. This new competence may improve vaccination coverage.

Keywords: Competence; Influenza; Nursing students; Vaccination.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • France
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Influenza Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Schools, Nursing
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Students, Nursing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult


  • Influenza Vaccines