1154 Influenza Vaccination In Poland: A Questionnaire Based Study.

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Pawel Lewek, Medical University of Lodz
M. Stachurska - The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz
A. Zasowska - The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz
J. Dec - The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz
P. Kardas - The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz
M. Matyjaszczyk - The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz
P. Lewek - The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz
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BACKGROUND/AIM: Vaccination against influenza seems to be an effective way of prevention of influenza epidemic. Unfortunately, to protect the patients effectively, vaccinations have to be repeated for each infectious season. Despite the mass media information about the treat of avian flu, the rate of vaccination against influenza is still low in Poland. Therefore, the aim of the study was to find out the barriers to wider influenza vaccination use in Poland.
METHODS: This was a questionnaire-based study. Especially prepared questionnaire was distributed among patients attending their family doctors practices in central Poland.
RESULTS: Data from 640 patients were available for statistical analysis. The study results confirm low level of influenza vaccination in Poland (20.6% of surveyed patients). Respondents are aware of the viral nature of the disease and possible complications of influenza, however, one fifth of them (21.9%) believe that the vaccination is not beneficial.
CONCLUSION: Polish people are lacking in knowledge about influenza and the benefits of vaccination against this disease. Therefore, family physicians are advised to promote influenza vaccination more actively, especially within the risk groups.
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INFLUENZA VACCINATION IN POLAND: A QUESTIONNAIRE BASED STUDY.