Barriers and facilitators to influenza vaccination among high-risk groups aged less than 65 years – views from general practitioners and practice nurses
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2007
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 31, Issue 6, pages 558–561, December 2007
How to Cite
Zwar, N., Hasan, I., Harris, M. and Traynor, V. (2007), Barriers and facilitators to influenza vaccination among high-risk groups aged less than 65 years – views from general practitioners and practice nurses. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 31: 558–561. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00143.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2007
- Submitted: December 2006 Revision requested: March 2007 Accepted: September 2007
- Influenza vaccination;
- adult and middle aged;
- health knowledge, attitude and practice
Objectives: To explore the views of general practitioners and practice nurses about barriers to influenza vaccination among under 65 high-risk patients and strategies to overcome those barriers.
Methods: Focus group discussions with general practitioners and practice nurses.
Results: Barriers identified included: lack of awareness among patients about influenza vaccination; GP workload; poor GP motivation; lack of practice nurses; lack of patient recall systems; cost of vaccine; and lack of media campaign.
Strategies proposed included: public education campaigns; free supply of vaccine; dissemination of evidence to motivate GPs; incentives to establish recall systems; and greater involvement of practice nurses in the process.
Conclusion: Influenza vaccination has not been well accepted by people aged less than 65 years. Implementation of proposed strategies has the potential to improve the vaccination coverage.
Implications: An improvement in influenza vaccination coverage among people less than 65 years who are in high-risk groups has the potential to reduce hospitalisation and health care costs.