Influenza Vaccination

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dc.contributor.author El Khoury, Ghada
dc.contributor.author Salameh, Pascale en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-29T06:50:24Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-29T06:50:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-09-29
dc.identifier.issn 1661-7827 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4443
dc.description.abstract Background: Influenza is a common preventable infectious disease associated with high mortality and morbidity. Vaccination is the most cost-effective measure to prevent influenza, yet the vaccine uptake is known to be low. No previous studies have assessed the rate of seasonal influenza vaccination use among the Lebanese population, nor examined the knowledge and attitudes towards the influenza vaccine. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was performed in 30 pharmacies randomly selected across Lebanon. A 19-item questionnaire was used to record influenza vaccination status, knowledge and attitudes towards the influenza vaccine among the Lebanese general population. Results: The survey response rate was 93%. Among the 640 study participants, the overall 2014-2015 seasonal influenza vaccination rate was 27.6%. The majority of participants (72.4%) reported irregular uptake of the vaccine. Results of the multivariate analysis revealed that elderly people (OR = 2.25, CI = 1.08–4.71), with higher education (OR = 1.42, CI = 1.09–1.84), higher physical activity (OR significantly higher than 1 for all categories), and chronic respiratory disease (OR = 3.24, CI = 1.58–6.62) were more regularly vaccinated, while those who visit the doctor “only when needed” (OR = 0.55, CI = 0.34–0.88) and those who consume more than seven drinks/week (OR = 0.24, CI = 0.09–0.65) were less regularly vaccinated. When introducing knowledge and attitude variables to the model, “thinking that the vaccine was not needed” was the only correlate that demonstrated a significant inverse association with regular influenza vaccination (OR = 0.15; p = 0.017). Conclusions: Suboptimal vaccination rates exist among the Lebanese ambulatory adult population. Clear misinformation on the importance of regular influenza immunization is also highlighted. This evidence underscores a compelling need to raise public awareness regarding the efficacy of the influenza vaccine. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Influenza Vaccination en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle A Cross-Sectional Survey of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices among the Lebanese Adult Population en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200104046 en_US
dc.author.department Pharmacy Practice en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health en_US
dc.journal.volume 12 en_US
dc.journal.issue 12 en_US
dc.article.pages 15486-15497 en_US
dc.keywords Influenza en_US
dc.keywords Vaccination en_US
dc.keywords Immunization en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121215000 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Khoury, G., & Salameh, P. (2015). Influenza Vaccination: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices among the Lebanese Adult Population. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(12), 15486-15497. en_US
dc.author.email ghada.khoury@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/12/15000 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7642-4833 en_US

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