Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the attitudes of our hospital physicians towards immunization and the presence of hesitation against any vaccine.
Methods: This study is a descriptive questionnaire study applied to the physicians of our hospital. The number of physicians is 604 in total, and the number of samples was determined as 151 by multi-stage sampling. The analysis of the data was conducted with descriptive statistics and χ2 method and p<0.05 level was considered statistically significant.
Results: The research group consists of 151 people and the average age is 33.6±8.8 years. 137 (90.7%) of the participants reported that they supported their relatives and family members about immunization. In the last year, 113 (74.8%) have not been vaccinated. The number of physicians who stated that they were vaccinated in adulthood was found to be 134 (88.7%). 67% of the physicians stated that if there is a risk factor in their daily practice, they question the immunization status. 16 (10.5%) of the physicians were vaccine-hesitant and 2 (12%) of them stated that they were hesitant about vaccines administered within the framework of the Expanded Program on Immunization. Only 39 (26%) of physicians stated that immunization services should take place in all levels.
Conclusions: In our country where vaccine hesitation increases, the attitudes of physicians towards immunization and their being hesitant against any vaccine also affects the individuals to whom they provide services. Physicians questioning the immunization status of the patients in their daily practice, providing the necessary service when there is a deficiency in this regard, and giving immunization services at all levels may reduce levels of non-vaccination.
Klimik Dergisi. 2020; 33(3): 255-9.
Cite this article as: Han-Yekdeş D, Altunok A, Eskiocak M, Marangoz B. [Immunization attitudes of physicians at a university hospital]. Klimik Derg. 2020; 33(3): 255-9. Turkish.