This cross-sectional study of 340 obstetrics/gynecology, 123 neonatology, and 244 pediatric health care workers (HCWs) was designed to evaluate compliance with recommendations concerning the use of influenza vaccine during pregnancy and among pediatric subjects. The results clearly show that only a marginal number of the HCWs in all three fields currently recommend vaccine use for pregnant women and healthy young children. Moreover, all of the HCWs were seriously deficient in terms of their general knowledge of influenza prevention and their own personal vaccination coverage was low. Extensive and sustained efforts to overcome cultural limitations concerning influenza and its prevention are urgently required among HCWs caring for women and children in order to ensure effective compliance with the current recommendations.
- Health care workers
- Influenza vaccination
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health