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Title: Promotion of Immunizations for Health Professionals in Europe: A Qualitative Study in Seven European Member States
Authors: Dalma, Archontoula 
Karnaki, Pania 
Baka, Agoritsa 
Raftopoulos, Vasilios 
Zota, Dina 
Veloudaki, Afroditi 
Garrison, Amanda 
Ellis Montalban, Paloma 
Dhanani, Zainub 
Linos, Athena 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Health Sciences
Keywords: Barriers;Europe;Focus groups;Healthcare workers;Immunization
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Source: Hospital topics, 2018, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 18-27
Volume: 96
Issue: 1
Start page: 18
End page: 27
Journal: Hospital topics 
Abstract: Health Care Workers (HCWs) are a high-risk group for contracting Vaccine-Preventable Diseases who, despite legislation and guidance, remain undervaccinated. In order to understand their barriers and needs, focus groups were formed with 278 physicians, nurses, infection-control personnel, and policy-makers in 7 EU MS. Several implications for the development of promotional initiatives were identified including the need to overcome organizational barriers, to sensitize HCWs about the importance of immunization and to provide specific up-to-date information about vaccinations covering prevalence of diseases, protection years, side effects, administration times, antibody examinations, costs and immunization settings.
ISSN: 1939-9278
DOI: 10.1080/00185868.2017.1365571
Rights: © Taylor & Francis Group
Type: Article
Affiliation : Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental & Occupational Health 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 
Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention 
EHESP - École des hautes études en Santé Publique 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Harvard University 
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