247950 Perceived Risk and Knowledge Determinants of the H1N1 Vaccine Use in Escambia County, Florida, 2009-2010 Flu Season

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 1:00 PM

Justice Mbizo, DrPH , School of Allied Health and Life Sciences, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Sara Beard, BS, MPHc , School of Allied Health and Life Sciences, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Enid Sisskin, PhD , School of Allied Health and Life Sciences, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Objective: Escambia, FL is a rural county of 304,280 residents and home to two higher education institutions with approximately 12,000 and 20,000 students, respectively. The 18 to 64 age group is most at risk for serious and debilitating complications from H1N1 infection and the group most intensively targeted by public health outreach messages. The purpose of the study is threefold: 1) to examine the role of attitude, perception, and knowledge regarding HI1N1 in the decision to take the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine; 2) identify socio-demographic, economic and system-wide factors contributing to the uptake of the H1N1 vaccine in Escambia County, Florida; and, 3) offer recommendations on best practices and evidence- based strategies for community outreach to increase immunization rates in the event of an outbreak. Methods: The study is a cross-sectional survey of residents of the county from January 2011 through May 2011 and uses questions from the National 2009 H1N1 Flu Survey [NHFS] instruments to collect data on the following variables. Results/Discussion: Results of descriptive, bivariate and multivariate analysis will be reported. Best practices for increasing immunization rates will be presented along with recommendations for community outreach.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe factors influencing the uptake of the H1N1 vaccine 2.Describe best practices for increasing immunizations rates in the event of a pandemic outbreak 3.Describe effective community outreach strategies for reaching at risk populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PI on this project, involved in the design, data collection, analysis and writing the final report. I also teach course in epidemiology and research methods.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Florida Department of Health Epidemiology/Public Health Preparedness Grant, # /221723 [ Through the Escambia County Health Department]

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.