Rechtfertigt der Patientenschutz verpflichtende Impfungen? Ergebnisse einer anonymen Befragung von Medizinstudierenden

Translated title of the contribution: Does patient safety justify mandatory vaccinations? Results of an anonymous survey among medical students

S. Wicker, H. F. Rabenau, H. Ackermann, G. A. Poland, G. Marckmann

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Abstract

Background and objectives: Medical and dental students belong to a group of health care workers (HCWs) who are frequently exposed to patients with occupationally transmissible infectious diseases. Vaccinations are the most effective interventions to protect HCWs and patients from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Despite decades of effort to encourage HCWs to be immunized, vaccination levels (e.g. influenza) remain insufficient. Methods: To assess the attitudes of German medical and dental students towards mandatory immunizations, an anonymous questionnaire was offered to medical and dental students of the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Overall, 56.9% (1823/3200) of all medical and dental students attended to the study. Results: This study so far the largest study done on this issue showed that almost 88.5% of the responding medical and dental students would accept mandatory vaccinations for HCWs. Conclusion: Contrary to the widespread concern that a vaccination requirement would cause resistance, our data support that mandatory vaccinations (at least for HCWs who care for immunocompromised patients) might be widely accepted.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1305-1311
Number of pages7
JournalDeutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Volume136
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Dental Students
Patient Safety
Medical Students
Vaccination
Delivery of Health Care
Communicable Diseases
Immunocompromised Host
Human Influenza
Germany
Immunization
Vaccines
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • healthcare workers
  • influenza
  • mandatory vaccination
  • medical students
  • vaccinations

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  • Medicine(all)

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Rechtfertigt der Patientenschutz verpflichtende Impfungen? Ergebnisse einer anonymen Befragung von Medizinstudierenden. / Wicker, S.; Rabenau, H. F.; Ackermann, H.; Poland, G. A.; Marckmann, G.

In: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift, Vol. 136, No. 24, 2011, p. 1305-1311.

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Wicker, S. ; Rabenau, H. F. ; Ackermann, H. ; Poland, G. A. ; Marckmann, G. / Rechtfertigt der Patientenschutz verpflichtende Impfungen? Ergebnisse einer anonymen Befragung von Medizinstudierenden. In: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift. 2011 ; Vol. 136, No. 24. pp. 1305-1311.
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