Is covid-19 a real incentive for flu vaccination? Let the numbers speak for themselves

Giuseppe Vetrugno, Gianfranco Damiani, Patrizia Laurenti, Marcello Di Pumpo, Domenico Pascucci, Elettra Carini, Viria Beccia, Anna Sguera, Maurizio Zega, Marcello Pani, Andrea Cambieri, Mario Cesare Nurchis, Floriana D'Ambrosio

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Abstract

Seasonal flu vaccination is one of the most important strategies for preventing influenza. The attitude towards flu vaccination in light of the COVID-19 pandemic has so far been studied in the literature mostly with the help of surveys and questionnaires. Whether a person chooses to be vaccinated or not during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, speaks louder than any declaration of intention. In our teaching hospital, we registered a statistically significant increase in flu vaccination coverage across all professional categories between the 2019/2020 and the 2020/2021 campaign (24.19% vs. 54.56%, p < 0.0001). A linear regression model, based on data from four previous campaigns, predicted for the 2020/2021 campaign a total flu vaccination coverage of 30.35%. A coverage of 54.46% was, instead, observed, with a statistically significant difference from the predicted value (p < 0.0001). The COVID-19 pandemic can, therefore, be considered as an incentive that significantly and dramatically increased adherence to flu vaccination among our healthcare workers.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)276-N/A
RivistaVaccines
Volume9
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • COVID-19
  • Vaccination coverage
  • Healthcare workers
  • Flu vaccination

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