Increasing seasonal influenza vaccination among high risk groups in China: Do community healthcare workers have a role to play?

Vaccine
Volume 35, Issue 33, Pages 4057-4294 (24 July 2017)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0264410X/35/33?sdc=1

Short communication
Increasing seasonal influenza vaccination among high risk groups in China: Do community healthcare workers have a role to play?
Pages 4060-4063
Ying Song, Tao Zhang, Liling Chen, Bo Yi, Xiaoning Hao, Suizan Zhou, Ran Zhang, Carolyn Greene
Abstract
Background
Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in China is low. This study aims to assess the role of community healthcare workers (HCWs) in increasing vaccination among high risk groups in China.
Methods
We analyzed data from four knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) studies on seasonal influenza vaccination in China targeting guardians of young children, pregnant women, adults aged ≥60 years, and HCWs from 2012 to 2014.
Results
Thirty-one percent of pregnant women and 78% adults aged ≥60 years reported willingness to follow HCWs’ recommendations for influenza vaccination. Guardians were more likely to vaccinate their children if they received HCWs’ recommendations (35% vs. 17%, p < 0.001). Community HCWs were more likely to recommend seasonal influenza vaccination than hospital HCWs (58% vs. 28%, p < 0.001).
Conclusion
Study results suggest the value of incorporating community HCWs’ recommendation for seasonal influenza vaccination into existing primary public health programs to increase vaccination coverage among high risk groups in China.