Student nurses’ reasons behind the decision to receive or decline influenza vaccine: A cross-sectional survey

Hunt, Charlotte and Arthur, Antony (2012) Student nurses’ reasons behind the decision to receive or decline influenza vaccine: A cross-sectional survey. Vaccine, 30 (40). pp. 5824-5829. ISSN 0264-410X

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Abstract

This cross-sectional questionnaire survey examined influenza vaccination among 430 student nurses. Only 12.2% (95% CI 9.1–15.3%) of student nurses received the seasonal vaccine regularly with 27.6% (95% CI 23.3–31.8%) ever having received seasonal or pandemic H1N1 vaccine. Intention to be vaccinated was associated with having previously been vaccinated (p < 0.001) but not whether the vaccine was perceived as beneficial (p = 0.36). Previous influenza illness was associated with having the influenza vaccine (p < 0.001). The most frequently reported reason for receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine was being deemed at risk (42.4%) and for H1N1 vaccine was because it was offered for free (32.6%). For both vaccines the most reported reason for not being vaccinated was a perception of it not being needed. Student nurses form a substantial and influential part of the future healthcare workforce but to translate the widely held acceptance that influenza vaccine is beneficial into actual uptake, a more targeted and persuasive message is needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: influenza vaccination,survey,student nurses
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 20:48
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 21:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43627
DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.07.027

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