Influenza vaccine adverse event and effect on acceptability in pediatric residents

Kara A., Devrim I., Celik T., Akca T., Tezer H., Simsek O. P., ...More

JAPANESE JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.60, no.6, pp.387-388, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.387-388
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Despite the demonstrated benefits of influenza vaccinations, the coverage is lower than expected among health-care personnel (HCP). In this study we surveyed the attitudes of pediatric residents regarding influenza immunization and adverse reactions. Forty-five female and 35 male pediatric residents with ages ranging from 24 to 28 years were vaccinated with an influenza vaccine on 2 days in the 3rd week of September 2005 by the same nurse. Among our residents, 27 (33.7%) thought the vaccine unnecessary; their vaccine coverage was only 12% in the previous year. Thirteen residents (16%) had soreness at the vaccination site; 7 (8%) had other local reactions that did not interfere with everyday activities, and 16 (20%) had any systemic side effects. The overall rate of side effects from the vaccination was 36.5% (n = 29). Twenty of the 29 vaccinees who experienced side effects stated they did not want to receive the vaccine the following year because of the side effects, while 13% in the group without side effects stated the same thing, mainly because of the cost of vaccination. We would like to recommend an influenza vaccination campaign for HCP by employers, but first we must plan to take steps to improve the acceptability of the influenza vaccine among HCP.