Influenza vaccination

opinions of health care professionals working in pediatric emergency departments

Luciano Pinto, Raffaele Falsaperla, Alberto Villani, Giovanni Corsello, Roberto Del Gado, Adolfo Mazzeo, Riccardo Lubrano

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vaccine coverage of health care professionals against influenza is still low in Italy, as well as in other European countries.

METHODS: Between March and May 2018, this study was performed to collect the opinions of Pediatric health care professionals, working in emergency departments, regarding the efficacy and safety of the influenza vaccine. An anonymous online survey was employed to evaluate socio-demographic and professional characteristics, knowledges, beliefs and attitudes.

RESULTS: Five hundred four health care professionals completed the survey: 331 physicians, 140 nurses and 33 other health are professionals. During the 2017-18 season, 55.8% of physicians, 19.3% of nurses and 12.1% of other health care professionals had vaccinated against the influenza virus. Not vaccinated physicians and nurses with less than 40 years of age were fewer than not vaccinated physicians and nurses with more than 40 years of age. Nurses and other health care professionals were less trustworthy of the influenza vaccination, less aware of the possibility of contracting and transmitting influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

CONCLUSIONS: Insufficient adherence to the influenza vaccination in physicians, nurses and other health care professionals is a concern for those assisting high-risk patients, especially in emergency departments. Therefore, it is vital to promote education of health care professionals and students regarding vaccinations. High vaccine coverage should be embedded in the safe hospital paradigm and should become a goal for the hospital's directors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2019

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Human Influenza
Hospital Emergency Service
Vaccination
Pediatrics
Delivery of Health Care
Nurses
Physicians
Influenza Vaccines
Vaccines
Orthomyxoviridae
Italy
Demography
Students
Safety
Education
Health

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Influenza vaccination : opinions of health care professionals working in pediatric emergency departments. / Pinto, Luciano; Falsaperla, Raffaele; Villani, Alberto; Corsello, Giovanni; Del Gado, Roberto; Mazzeo, Adolfo; Lubrano, Riccardo.

In: Italian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 45, No. 1, 11.04.2019, p. 47.

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Pinto, Luciano ; Falsaperla, Raffaele ; Villani, Alberto ; Corsello, Giovanni ; Del Gado, Roberto ; Mazzeo, Adolfo ; Lubrano, Riccardo. / Influenza vaccination : opinions of health care professionals working in pediatric emergency departments. In: Italian Journal of Pediatrics. 2019 ; Vol. 45, No. 1. pp. 47.
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