Attitudes of Hospital Healthcare Workers towards Influenza Vaccination in a Tertiary Hospital Setting

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/558634
Title:
Attitudes of Hospital Healthcare Workers towards Influenza Vaccination in a Tertiary Hospital Setting
Authors:
Muhammad, HSS; Gueret, P; Hayes, B
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/558634
Abstract:
The rate of uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination worldwide by healthcare workers (HCWs) has been suboptimal. Nationally, uptake among hospital HCWs was less than 20%% prior to 2014. Indeed in our hospital following the 2010/2011 influenza season, a significant number of staff chose to have their vaccinations after the usual campaign period. The Occupational Health Department (OHD) undertook a questionnaire survey to determine the reason(s) for their late presentation. This was not anonymised, with a 21.7% participation rate (119 replied out of 548). We found 86(72.3%) HCWs believed influenza to be a serious illness, 84(70.6%) wanted to protect their family members and friends, and 64(53.8%) their patients from the infection. Nevertheless, 77(64.7%) were influenced by the recent media attention on the H1N1 influenza pandemic. We conclude external factors such as the arrival of the H1N1 pandemic continue to play an important role in influencing HCWsâ attitudes towards receiving the vaccine.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
VACCINATION; ATTITUDE; PUBLIC HEALTH WORKER

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMuhammad, HSSen
dc.contributor.authorGueret, Pen
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Ben
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-29T14:24:48Zen
dc.date.available2015-06-29T14:24:48Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/558634en
dc.description.abstractThe rate of uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination worldwide by healthcare workers (HCWs) has been suboptimal. Nationally, uptake among hospital HCWs was less than 20%% prior to 2014. Indeed in our hospital following the 2010/2011 influenza season, a significant number of staff chose to have their vaccinations after the usual campaign period. The Occupational Health Department (OHD) undertook a questionnaire survey to determine the reason(s) for their late presentation. This was not anonymised, with a 21.7% participation rate (119 replied out of 548). We found 86(72.3%) HCWs believed influenza to be a serious illness, 84(70.6%) wanted to protect their family members and friends, and 64(53.8%) their patients from the infection. Nevertheless, 77(64.7%) were influenced by the recent media attention on the H1N1 influenza pandemic. We conclude external factors such as the arrival of the H1N1 pandemic continue to play an important role in influencing HCWsâ attitudes towards receiving the vaccine.en
dc.languageenen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectVACCINATIONen
dc.subjectATTITUDEen
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTH WORKERen
dc.titleAttitudes of Hospital Healthcare Workers towards Influenza Vaccination in a Tertiary Hospital Settingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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