Understanding the Barriers and Attitudes toward Influenza Vaccine Uptake in the Adult General Population: A Rapid Review
Influenza is a common respiratory infection and vaccines are required to prevent and control this infection. However, across the globe, the rate of vaccination differs considerably. There are perceived barriers and attitudes to influenza vaccination in the global population. Identifying strategies that may improve influenza vaccination coverage will aid to attenuate Influenza.
Read more to understand how a structured literature search was undertaken to identify studies that detailed the patient-reported attitudes towards influenza vaccination, focused on the adult general population in 16 prespecified countries.
Influenza is a common respiratory infection associated with a substantial clinical, humanistic, and economic burden globally. Vaccines are essential to prevent and control influenza and are recommended by public-health agencies, such as the WHO and US CDC; however, vaccination rates vary considerably across the globe. This review aimed to investigate the perceived barriers and attitudes to influenza vaccination in the global population, in order to identify strategies that may improve influenza vaccination coverage. A structured literature search was undertaken to identify studies that reported on patient-reported attitudes towards influenza vaccination, focused on the adult general population in 16 prespecified countries. Eighty studies were included in this review. Negative attitude towards healthcare were found to be the most agreed upon barrier to vaccine uptake (31.1% agreement). The most agreed promoter of influenza vaccination was trust in healthcare services (62.0% agreement). Approximately 50% of participants intended to receive the influenza vaccine in the following season. To improve influenza vaccination coverage, healthcare workers must strengthen the foundation of substantial trust in healthcare services and provide educational materials that improve influenza vaccination knowledge among the adult general population.
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Welch V, Metcalf T, Macey R et. al. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Jan 13;11(1):180. doi: 10.3390/vaccines11010180.