Physician attitudes towards influenza immunization and vaccine mandates

University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
Vaccine (Impact Factor: 3.62). 03/2010; 28(13):2517-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.01.042
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We surveyed physicians' opinions and acceptance of influenza immunization.
A web-based survey was sent to all physicians in two academic departments during spring 2009.
227 (40.5%) physicians responded. Physicians who frequently cared for high-risk patients self-reported higher immunization rates than physicians with infrequent contact (P=0.0002). There were no significant differences in immunization rates between emergency medicine (EM) and internal medicine (IM), between those with and without children at home, nor by age group. A majority (84.6%) supported mandatory vaccination. IM physicians were more supportive of mandates than EM physicians (P<0.0001).
Self-reported immunization rates were high among study physicians. Acceptance of mandatory vaccination was substantial, but varied by specialty.

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