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Pandemic Influenza A H1N1 Vaccination Uptake among Health Care Workers in Qatar Motivators and Barriers

Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Vaccine, Volume 29, Issue 11, 3 March 2011, Pages 2206–2211
Year of Publication: 
Mohamed Ghaith Alkuwari
Health Promotion and Community Medicine, Primary Health Care, Qatar
Nagah A. Aziz
Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Primary Health Care, Qatar
Zaher A.S. Nazzal
Community Medicine, CDC Department, Supreme Council of Health, Al Rayyan Street, Doha, Qatar
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Saad A. Al-Nuaimi
A&E Department, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

Influenza A/H1N1 new vaccine helps control disease spread. Cross-sectional survey was conducted at PHC & Emergency Departments in Qatar to determine influenza A/H1N1 vaccination rate among HCWs and associated factors, 523 HCWs were enrolled. The study showed that 13.4% HCWs received vaccination. Feeling protected strongly influenced vaccination decision (OR = 14.5). Uncertainty about vaccine efficacy and fear of side effects strongly influenced decision to reject the vaccine (OR = 0.3 and 0.2 respectively). Vaccination coverage was very low. The most common barriers were uncertainty about vaccine efficacy and fear of side effects. Health authorities should build message highlighting how the benefit of vaccination outweighs risk.

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