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Attitudes of the medical students from two Czech universities to pandemic flu a (H1N1) 2009 and to influenza vaccination

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  • Attitudes of the medical students from two Czech universities to pandemic flu a (H1N1) 2009 and to influenza vaccination

    Cent Eur J Public Health. 2012 Sep;20(3):215-8.
    Attitudes of the medical students from two Czech universities to pandemic flu a (H1N1) 2009 and to influenza vaccination.
    Tomáskov H, Bohácová S, Slachtová H.
    Source

    Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. hana.tomaskova@osu.cz
    Abstract
    OBJECTIVES:

    The aim of the study was to find out the approach of students to vaccination against seasonal influenza, how they perceived risk associated with influenza pandemic, and whether the pandemic influenced their approach to vaccination against seasonal flu.
    METHODS:

    Data collection was conducted through an anonymous questionnaire survey. Distribution and collection of questionnaires took place from November to December 2010 at the medical faculties of two universities. Out of the total 360 distributed questionnaires, 343 were filled. The qualitative data were analysed using chi2 test and Fisher's exact test. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) and two-sample t-test were used for the evaluation of quantitative data. Statistical tests were performed at a significance level of 5% in STATA 10.
    RESULTS:

    The proportion of students regularly vaccinated against seasonal flu was low (4%). Students rated the risk of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in 2009 as relatively low and an interest in vaccination did not increase even during the pandemic and consequently only 5% expressed their interest to get vaccinated during the pandemic. However, only 3% of respondents were vaccinated at the time of vaccine availability. In the following year, only 5% of respondents planned to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
    CONCLUSION:

    The results of the questionnaire study indicate that young people have not perceived vaccination against influenza as an important anti-epidemic measure and their opinion have not changed even during the outbreak of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in 2009.

    PMID:
    23285523
    [PubMed - in process]

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23285523
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