J Korean Acad Nurs.  2011 Jun;41(3):403-410. 10.4040/jkan.2011.41.3.403.

Status of and Factors Influencing Vaccination against the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus among University Students from the Fields of Nursing and Allied Health

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Youngdong University, Yeongdong, Korea. oskim-icp@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to identify the current status of vaccination against the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus among university students from the fields of nursing and allied health from a local community and verify factors influencing vaccination.
METHODS
The study included 227 students in the fields of nursing and allied health from a provincial university. Data were obtained from these participants between May 31 and June 11, 2010 by using self-report questionnaires.
RESULTS
The rate of vaccination against the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus for these participants was 14.5%. No difference was observed in this regard between majors and school year. Factors that influence vaccination against this virus included previous vaccination against seasonal influenza and participants' attitudes toward general vaccination.
CONCLUSION
The results suggest that for effective pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccination of university students from the fields of nursing and allied health, students who have not been vaccinated should be intensively managed. Developing a vaccination program that encourages a positive attitude toward vaccination is recommended.

Keyword

Influenza A virus; H1N1 subtype; Influenza vaccines; Student health services

MeSH Terms

Adult
Attitude of Health Personnel
Disease Outbreaks/prevention & control
Female
Humans
Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype/*immunology
Influenza Vaccines/*immunology
Influenza, Human/epidemiology/prevention & control
Male
Pandemics
Questionnaires
Students, Health Occupations/*psychology
Students, Nursing/*psychology
Vaccination/*statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
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