Evaluation of the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of healthcare workers concerning influenza vaccination in a training and research hospital in Türkiye

Obrazek miniatury
Apaydin, Mehmet
Dogan, Serap
Aypak, Cenk
Tytuł czasopisma
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Publishing Office of the University of Rzeszow
Introduction and aim. Although increasing vaccination rates among healthcare workers (HCWs) is crucial for protecting their own health and preventing the spread of infections to patients, vaccination rates remain low. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of healthcare workers concerning seasonal influenza vaccination in a training and research hospital in Türkiye. Material and methods. This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 364 healthcare workers working in a training and research hospital in Ankara, Türkiye. A face-to-face questionnaire was completed by selected participants that included questions about their sociodemographic characteristics, receiving seasonal influenza vaccination, reasons for not receiving vaccination, attitudes and behavior towards seasonal influenza vaccination recommendations for their surroundings, knowledge of who should get the vaccine, and their immunization history. Results. Among the participants, 58.5% stated that they had never received an influenza vaccination, 35.7% mentioned not receiving the regular influenza vaccination, and only 5.8% reported receiving the influenza vaccination regularly every year. Reasons for not getting vaccinated included not trusting the influenza vaccine’s protection (60.1%), not believing they are in the risk group (38.9%), and not finding a suitable time to get vaccinated (36.1%). A total of 57.1% of the healthcare workers recommended the influenza vaccine for their surroundings. Conclusion. Influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers are quite low. To maximize influenza vaccine uptake, awareness programs are needed to correct the misconceptions health care workers have about the vaccine, and diverse strategies should be implemented to encourage them to get vaccinated, thereby promoting influenza vaccination.
The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, and the protocol was approved by the local Ethics Committee of the hospital (date: 16.01.2017; number 34/14).
Słowa kluczowe
attitude , behavior , healthcare workers , influenza vaccine , knowledge
European Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine T. 22, z. 2 (2024), s. 313-319