Swedish nursing and medical students high vaccination adherence during the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic 2009: Insights for pandemic preparedness
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0036-5548, E-ISSN 1651-1980, Vol. 44, no 3, 237-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to analyze Swedish health science student decision-making regarding vaccination against pandemic influenza during a national mass vaccination campaign. A questionnaire was distributed to 430 students during the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in 2009. The data from medical and nursing students were compared and a multiple logistic regression model was applied to identify items independently associated with the decision to be vaccinated. The overall survey response rate was 90%. More medical (93.2%) than nursing students (84.8%) reported that they had received the vaccine (p andlt; 0.01). Only the perception that benefits can outweigh possible side effects was significantly (p andlt; 0.001) associated with the decision to get vaccinated. We recommend that, during pandemics, health science universities focus vaccination information for students on objective risk communication. It should be taken into account that the pandemic information provided by authorities to the general public also affects health care students.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare , 2012. Vol. 44, no 3, 237-241 p.
Influenza vaccination, pandemics, nursing students, medical students, decision-making
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76016DOI: 10.3109/00365548.2011.620000ISI: 000300768500014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-76016DiVA: diva2:512863