Student utilization of a university 2009 H1N1 vaccination clinic
ABSTRACT The 2009 H1N1 influenza resulted in widespread outbreaks on college campuses. Once sufficient quantity of vaccine became available, many universities held vaccination clinics for students. We sought to examine factors associated with participation in an on-campus vaccination effort. A self-administered questionnaire was completed by students in January 2010. Our results suggest a high degree of awareness of the 2009 H1N1 virus among students. The odds of being vaccinated were higher for students who believed the H1N1 virus was a greater public health threat and for students who had friends and family that were vaccinated after controlling for sex, ethnicity, age, and living conditions.
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess university students’ self-reported knowledge, behavior, and behavioral intention regarding H1N1 influenza. Participants included students at a major university in the southwestern US. Data were collected in early spring 2010 through a 24-item self-administered survey. Outcome variables included knowledge, behavior and intention. A total of 483 students participated. Most reported trying to prevent H1N1 influenza though specific behaviors. Many lacked knowledge about symptoms and treatment; a few (10%) had been vaccinated; and half had no intention of getting vaccinated or practicing self-isolation. Gender and age were significantly associated with the three outcome variables. Intention was the most significant contributor to behavior [t (1) = 3.34, p<.001]. H1N1 influenza campaigns directed toward university students in the US should focus on undergraduate, male students, and revise their strategies regarding vaccination and self-isolation.Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 01/2012; 9(1). DOI:10.1515/1547-7355.1961 · 0.55 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of nursing students with exposure of influenza A (H1N1). Methods: A qualitative descriptive study design was used. A total of 24 nursing students participated in six focus groups. Results: The six themes that emerged from the data are as follows: (1) worrying about becoming infected; (2) protecting oneself and others; (3) relying on the nurses in the school health center; (4) being hurt by others' negative reactions; (5) being ambivalent, and (6) being concerned over the high price. Conclusion: Nursing students who come in contact with patients in a clinical setting must also be considered as candidates for early vaccination. Healthcare professionals, as well as family and friends, should keep in mind that their verbal or nonverbal expressions can hurt others' feelings at a time when special care and support are needed the most. Stigma could be serious barriers of people's access to health services and preventive behaviors. Therefore, education on stigma reduction associated with pandemic infection is essential to enhance public health preparedness.
- Oral Oncology 07/2011; 47. DOI:10.1016/j.oraloncology.2011.06.227 · 3.03 Impact Factor