Title

Acceptance of a Vaccine Against Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus among Health Care Workers in Two Major Cities in Mexico

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-19-2010

Publication Title

Archives of Medical Research

Volume

40

Issue

8

First page number:

705

Last page number:

711

Abstract

Background and Aims Further cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) outbreak are expected in the coming months. Vaccination has been proven to be essential to control a pandemic of influenza; therefore, considerable efforts and resources have been devoted to develop a vaccine against the influenza A (H1N1) virus. With the current availability of the vaccine, it will be important to immunize as many people as possible. However, previous data with seasonal influenza vaccines have shown that there are multiple barriers related to perceptions and attitudes of the population that influence vaccine use. The aim of the study was to evaluate the acceptance of a newly developed vaccine against pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza A among healthcare workers (HCW) in Mexico. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study among HCW in three hospitals in the two largest cities in Mexico—Mexico City and Guadalajara—between June and September 2009. Results A total of 1097 HCW participated in the survey. Overall, 80% (n = 880) intended to accept the H1N1 pandemic vaccine and 71.6% (n = 786) reported they would recommend the vaccine to their patients. Doctors were more likely to accept and recommend the vaccine than nurses. HCWs who intend to be immunized will be more likely to do so if they know that the vaccine is safe and effective. Conclusions Knowledge of the willingness to accept the vaccine can be used to plan strategies that will effectively respond to the needs of the population studied, reducing the health and economic impact of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Keywords

Vaccine acceptance; Influenza A (H1N1) virus; Healthcare workers

Disciplines

Chicana/o Studies | Influenza Virus Vaccines | Public Health

Language

English

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