Knowledge and attitudes on influenza vaccination among Italian physicians specialized in respiratory infections: An Italian respiratory society (SIP/IRS) web-based survey

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Abstract

Introduction. Influenza epidemics are one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Influenza vaccination is considered the most important public health intervention to prevent seasonal influenza infection. European health authority policies focus on patient protection by vaccinating both these subjects and their care-givers, including health-care workers (HCWs). The aim of this survey is to investigate knowledge about influenza vaccination and intention to get vaccinated among Italian HCWs who take care patients with respiratory disease. Methods. An anonymous web-based survey was addressed to members of the Italian Respiratory Society (IRS). Results. Among the 1,776 IRS members who have been invited to the survey, 144 (8.1%) completed the survey (97 men; median age 59 years; 85.4% Respiratory Disease). The vast majority recommended vaccination to all their patients (81%). More than two thirds of respondents considered influenza vaccination safe for immunocompromised patients. More than 50% of respondents underwent seasonal influenza vaccination in 2015 and 68% declared the intention to undergo vaccination in 2016 epidemic season. Reasons for having vaccination mainly referred to ‘protect oneself from influenza’ (63%), ‘protect patients’ (31%) or household members’ (6%). The main reasons for vaccination refusal were ‘lack of time’ (45%), ‘concerns about side effects’ (22%), ‘do not get influenza easily and/or not afraid of influenza infection’ (22%) and ‘disagreement with indication of vaccination for HCWs’ (9%). Conclusions. The promotion of better knowledge and attitude towards influenza vaccination among Italian specialists remains an unmet goal and should be addressed by appropriate multifaceted interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E128-E131
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
Volume59
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Health-care workers
  • Influenza
  • Influenza vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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