|The Republic of Turkey|
An interesting new study out of Turkey in BMC ID reports what factors most influenced HCW uptake of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine. In a two hospital survey of HCW, where the vaccination rate was only 12.7%, the factors that were associated with poor influenza vaccine uptake included the vaccine's perceived side effects, disbelief in the vaccine's protectiveness, negative news about the vaccine and the perceived negative attitude of the Prime Minister to the vaccine. Thus, our leaders can have a big impact on our public health response. Perhaps this is something we should take into account when we vote this fall.
Lankford et al, EID, February 2003
Savas et al BMC ID, Sept 2010