School health professional's attitudes about school-located vaccination for influenza
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
: 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Background: School health professionals' attitudes toward school-located vaccination for influenza (SLV-I) are unknown. This study examines their attitudes about SLV-I and identifies factors associated with SLV-I support. Methods: A nationally representative sample of 1,172 public schools was selected using stratified, simple random sampling. The school health professional from each selected school was asked to complete a survey designed to assess his or her attitudes about SLV-I and experience with school-located vaccination (SLV). The survey focused on routine SLV-I, but included a question about the appropriateness of pandemic SLV-I. Bivariate logistic regression analysis was used to assess associations with support for routine SLV-I (á=0.05), as measured by principal component analysis on a group of correlated questions. Results: School health professionals from 837 schools (71.4%) completed the survey; most (76.5%) were school nurses. The majority believed that both routine and pandemic SLV-I was appropriate (63.1% and 81.9%, respectively). About half (55.2%) reported previous experience with SLV. Support for routine SLV-I was significantly associated with having previous SLV experience, and believing that influenza can be serious and that vaccination is important for school-aged children. Believing that school staff do not have adequate time to dedicate to SLV-I and that billing parents for SLV-I services is inappropriate were significantly associated with lack of support. Conclusions: School health professionals, particularly those with previous experience, generally believe that both routine and pandemic SLV-I are appropriate. Addressing concerns about challenges of routine SLV-I may improve support and contribute to SLV-I program sustainability.
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research
Describe school health professionals' attitudes about school-located vaccination for influenza.
Describe factors associated with school health professionals’ favorable attitudes regarding school-based influenza vaccinations.
Keyword(s): Immunizations, School-Based Programs
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal researcher of the analysis of school health professionals' attitudes about school-located vaccination for influenza in the School-Located Vaccination Evaluation study conducted by RTI International and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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