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Table 2 Reported reasons for vaccination, missed vaccination and missed annual revaccination among HCWs; OPBG, 2013 (Number of respondents to each item are reported in brackets)

From: Promotion of influenza vaccination among health care workers: findings from a tertiary care children’s hospital in Italy

Reasons for vaccination (n = 67) Number among vaccinated (%)
Vaccination is important to protect patients 23 (34.3)
The risk to contract flu in the hospital is high 18 (26.9)
To avoid illness and sick-leave 15 (22.4)
Vaccine is offered free of charge at OPBG 4 (6.0)
I am affected with a chronic condition 3 (4.4)
Influenza is a disease potentially severe 2 (3.0)
Other reasons 2 (3.0)
Reasons for missed vaccination (n = 122) Number among not vaccinated (%)
Influenza is a mild disease 45 (36.9)
I do not believe in vaccination practice 24 (19.7)
I am afraid of adverse events 19 (15.6)
I am not informed enough on the benefits 14 (11.5)
Vaccination was not proposed to me 9 (7.4)
I forgot / I did not have time 4 (3.2)
Influenza vaccine is not effective 3 (2.5)
Other reasons 4 (3.2)
Reasons for missed annual revaccination (n = 52) Number among not revaccinated (%)
Vaccine was not effective 15 (28.8)
Adverse events appeared 11 (21.2)
Forgetfulness or lack of time 10 (19.2)
Change of attitude after the pandemic H1N1 experience 9 (17.3)
Vaccination was not proposed to me 3 (5.8)
Other reasons 4 (7.7)