242170 Association between annual influenza vaccine utilization and religiosity/spirituality

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kelly Nelson, CPH , School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX
Patricia Rohrbeck, MPH , School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX
Raquel Y. Qualls-Hampton, PhD , Health Science Center, University of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX

Learning Areas:
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the role of religiosity and/or spirituality on annual vaccination rates in the general population. Identify religious and spiritual gradient beyond the dichotomous "yes/no". Assess if knowledge of influenza and influenza vaccination may confound the relationship between religious/spiritual beliefs and willingness to receive the influenza vaccine. Formulate programs with local health departments to develop targeted influenza education campaigns for sub-populations, such as religious/spiritual groups, whose health needs and knowledge may be different from the general population.

Keywords: Faith Community, Immunizations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I was a co-investigator in research approved by UNT Health Science Center IRB.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.