Attitudes of nurses in Greece towards influenza vaccination
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Attitudes of nurses in Greece towards influenza vaccination

Vasilios Raftopoulos Assistant professor of nursing, Cyprus University of Technology, Nicosia, Cyprus

Aim To explore the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of nurses in Greece towards influenza vaccination.

Method Four focus groups were conducted with 30 nurses. Content analysis of the focus group interviews was undertaken.

Findings Participants were knowledgeable about influenza and the influenza vaccination. The main reasons given for not being vaccinated were: being in good health, not being susceptible to influenza, thinking it was not needed, concern about its effectiveness, delayed availability and distribution of influenza vaccines, fear of vaccine-induced illness, and lack of support regarding the provision of information on the benefits of influenza immunisation.

Conclusion Targeted health education programmes should be developed to overcome misconceptions about influenza vaccination.

Nursing Standard. 23, 4,35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.10.23.4.35.c6675

Correspondence

v_raftop@yahoo.gr

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review