Vaccine hesitancy among master’s degree students in nursing and midwifery: Attitude and knowledge about influenza vaccination

Gianfranco Damiani, Patrizia Laurenti, Caterina Galletti, Anna Sguera

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Abstract

Influenza vaccination among healthcare workers may reduce morbidity and protect fragile patients. Most of the evidence concerning the vaccine hesitancy of healthcare workers reported lack of knowledge and wrong attitude. The aims of this study were to explore the knowledge and attitudes about influenza vaccination among master’s degree students in Nursing and Midwifery, and to evaluate the effectiveness of their involvement in the hospital vaccination campaign in order to increase intention to receive immunization. The students of nurses and midwives were involved in the vaccination sessions of the 2018–19 hospital campaign. They were recruited to complete an online survey. Students of the 2nd year (involved in the vaccination campaign) and the 1st year (not involved) were compared. Descriptive and inferential statistics were performed for data analysis. Students who intend to receive influenza vaccination in the following year registered a percentage of 83.6% and showed an overall attitude of 66.8%. The involvement of the students in the vaccination campaign led to a significant increase in their positive vaccination attitude (80.9% vs. 87.0%) and in their intention to receive flu vaccination in the following year (67.7% vs. 100%). A positive attitude towards vaccinations was observed by nurses and midwives. Their involvement in the planning and activities during the vaccination campaign could positively influence their opinions and intention to receive vaccination.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-11
Numero di pagine11
RivistaInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Influenza vaccination
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • Preventive medicine
  • Public health
  • Students
  • Survey

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