The Study of the Awareness of Healthcare Workers on Organizational Aspects of Vaccination
Aim. To analyze the awareness of healthcare workers on the organization of vaccination.
Materials and Methods. In 2018 – 2019 sociological survey was conducted among 1384 healthcare workers from 4 Ukrainian regions: 353 primary care physicians, 233 specialized medical care doctors, 88 healthcare managers, 700 nurses, and 10 others.
Results. Gaps in the knowledge and beliefs of health professionals associated with the organization of vaccination were founded: less than half of the surveyed health workers understand that vaccination is carried out with any certified vaccine, regardless of the country of origin; a significant part of respondents tend to prescribe drugs not recommended by international guidelines (53.6%), antihistamines (15.9%) and anti-inflammatory (8.0%) drugs before vaccination; do not know about the possibility of doing several vaccinations in one visit (47.3%) and that the cold chain breach affects the effectiveness of the vaccine (52.4%). It was found that the most knowledgeable about the organization of immunoprophylaxis of the population are the health care managers and medical personnel who have passed special training on vaccination vs the least informed specialized medical care doctors.
Conclusions. It is necessary to develop a set of scientifically based measures to improve the awareness of health professionals about the organization of vaccination in order to improve the coverage of the population with immunoprophylaxis.
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