Knowledge about influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 by individuals vaccinated at the IPA Metodist University Center, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
[Abstract in English]

Ana Paula Winter Pastore, Cibeli de Souza Prates, Lucila Ludmila Paula Gutierrez


AIMS: To assess the knowledge and profile of the population vaccinated against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus in IPA Methodist University, after an educational and interdisciplinary health action carried out at the institution.
METHODS: All individuals seeking vaccination for influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 that was applied in the institution were eligible for the study. Data were collected through a questionnaire, after signing the informed consent. The questionnaire addressed the following aspects: gender, age, education, health problems, continued use of any drug, smoking and others. It also contained questions relating to prior knowledge about influenza A (what it is, symptoms, means of prevention, transmission, differences between seasonal flu and influenza, who should get the vaccine, side effects).
RESULTS: Out of 269 people vaccinated at IPA Methodist University Center, including teachers, students and coworkers, 82 individuals (30%) agreed to participate in the study. Among the participants, 70% responded correctly to the questions about influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 and its preventive methods. Their ages ranged from 19 to 39 years, with 58.5% women and 57.4% students (73.2% with incomplete higher education). Of the total, 58.6% were healthy and 80.5% were nonsmokers.
CONCLUSION: These data may reflect the effectiveness of educational programs and the probable influence of location (university center) and timing (during a pandemics) of vaccination.


Influenza, Human; Influenza A Virus, H1n1 Subtype; Mass Vaccination; Immunization Programs; Influenza Vaccine; Prevention; Health Education.

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