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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

versión impresa ISSN 1699-695X


AYUSO RAYA, Candelaria; PEREZ-ROMERO, Javier Lucas; MARTINEZ PARDO, Inmaculada  y  ESCOBAR RABADAN, Francisco. Swine flu vaccination campaign: Opinion on immunization among doctors. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.2, pp.88-92. ISSN 1699-695X.

Objective. To determine the proportion of healthcare professionals who were vaccinated against Swine flu, and their reasons for doing so. Design. Cross-sectional, descriptive observational study. Setting. Primary care and hospital pneumology department. Participants. A total of 138 doctors of whom 88 were family doctors, 30 house physicians in this speciality, 9 paediatricians and 11 pneumologists. Results. A total of 59.4% (95% CI: 50.8-68.0) of doctors had been vaccinated against seasonal flu and 31.2% (95% CI: 23.1-39.3) against swine flu. 15.2% considered that this vaccine should be compulsory. As regards reasons for not being vaccinated, 16.5% were afraid of possible side effects, 37% considered there were not enough clinical trials, 31.2% stated that the information was not clear enough, 9.4% thought the strain could have mutated and 15.9% did not consider themselves likely to transmit the virus. 67.4% of the doctors thought that the health authorities recommended the vaccine to health professionals in order to avoid infecting the patients, although 63.8% thought that it would avoid absenteeism. Conclusion. Vaccination against Swine flu was much less than against seasonal flu. Amongst other factors, this could be attributed to the lack of confidence in the vaccine amongst the health professionals.

Palabras clave : Vacciones; Influenza A; Health care professionals.

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