Background. Vaccination is an effective and safe health technology. Despite this vaccine coverage falls short of national and international targets. Study design. The aim of the study was to evaluate the views of medical staff at Messina University Hospital regarding vaccinations, their current and future vaccination status and whether they recommend it to their patients. Methods. The study was conducted from April 2016 to March 2017 by an anonymous face-to-face questionnaire submitted to HCWs. Results. A general lack of confidence and insecurity about vaccination was shown by a substantial proportion of physicians analyzed while pediatricians showed a positive attitude to vaccines. However, many physicians had not been immunized with the recommended vaccines for HCWs and therefore represent a potential source of infection for both patients and the general population. Conclusions. Despite the evidence of the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, compliance by HCWs remains very low for a variety of reasons. A range of measures are therefore needed to ensure their use, not only by the general population, but also by doctors who should be their major promoters.

An evaluation of attitude toward vaccines among healthcare workers of a University Hospital in Southern Italy.

SQUERI, Raffaele
Membro del Collaboration Group
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GENOVESE, CRISTINA
Membro del Collaboration Group
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TRIMARCHI, Giuseppe;PALAMARA, MARIA ANGELA RITA;LA FAUCI, Vincenza
Membro del Collaboration Group
2017-01-01

Abstract

Background. Vaccination is an effective and safe health technology. Despite this vaccine coverage falls short of national and international targets. Study design. The aim of the study was to evaluate the views of medical staff at Messina University Hospital regarding vaccinations, their current and future vaccination status and whether they recommend it to their patients. Methods. The study was conducted from April 2016 to March 2017 by an anonymous face-to-face questionnaire submitted to HCWs. Results. A general lack of confidence and insecurity about vaccination was shown by a substantial proportion of physicians analyzed while pediatricians showed a positive attitude to vaccines. However, many physicians had not been immunized with the recommended vaccines for HCWs and therefore represent a potential source of infection for both patients and the general population. Conclusions. Despite the evidence of the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, compliance by HCWs remains very low for a variety of reasons. A range of measures are therefore needed to ensure their use, not only by the general population, but also by doctors who should be their major promoters.
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