Attitudes and Practice towards Influenza Vaccination

Interpreting the results of the study, the authors pay attention that using the pre-post educational program made an 18% improvement in influenza vaccine knowledge. About 84% of parents understood that their child would get the flu this year. 95% pf parents were sure that the flu shot was safe for their kids, nevertheless 32% imagined it to be painful, and 63% expected their kids to have bad reaction after the flu shot. There were also 42% of parents who supposed that their kid could get the flu after havening a flu shot. Authors emphasize that the use of such educative program changed the attitudes towards the influenza vaccine as to its safety and side effects. Also 93% of parents admitted the wish to recommend the program to others, and 77% would be interested in using PEMT in the near future.

Expressing my personal opinion, I should say that the Patient Education and Motivation Tool is a useful program that can be effectively used to provide opportunities for parents and their kids to learn about influenza vaccine. Such program can educate people in the field of vaccination, in order to guide their decisions in future. I am sure it can reduce the time that clinical stuff spends providing education of parents. Together with the authors, I believe that such kind of programs have very “important implications for the future computer-assisted education programs for other medical topics” (p.6).

 

Reference:

Joshi, A., Lichenstein, R., King, J.,Arora, A., Khan, S. (2008). Evaluation of a Computer-based Patient Education and Motivation Tool on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice towards Influenza Vaccination. Retrieved from http://www.aahperd.org/aahe/publications/iejhe/upload/09_A_Joshi-2.pdf article #4