Vaccine knowledge in students in Paris, France, and surrounding regions

Publié le 1 Mai 2014
Mis à jour le 10 septembre 2019

INTRODUCTION: in France, young adults are legally freed from parental authority at the age of 18 years and are, thus, responsible for their own vaccine record. This young adult population is more frequently exposed to vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. OBJECTIVE: to determine the factors associated with students" knowledge of the interval between two antitetanus boosters and their report of having up-to-date vaccinations. METHODS: in April 2009, a survey was conducted involving a random sample of students between 18 and 25 years of age eating lunch at university dining facilities in Paris and its suburbs (Ile de France). RESULTS: among the 677 students approached, 583 agreed to participate. Only 207 (36%) of respondents knew the recommended dosing interval between two doses of tetanus vaccine booster (10 years). The majority of students (69%) reported having up-to-date vaccinations. Declaring having up-to-date vaccinations was significantly associated with having a general practitioner (OR 3.03 [95% CI 1.69 to 5.55]). Health care students were significantly more likely to know the decennial interval between two antitetanus boosters (OR 2 [95% CI 1.28 to 3.25]). Most of responding students (n=519 [89%]) believed that vaccines were very useful. CONCLUSIONS: an overall lack of knowledge of vaccines was observed among this student population. Health care providers, such as GPs and university medical practice staff, who interact with these young individuals have an essential role to promote better vaccination coverage in this population. (R.A.)

Auteur : Mellon G, Rigal L, Partouche H, Aoun O, Jaury P, Joannard N, Guthmann JP, Cochereau D, Caumes E, Bricaire F, Salmon Ceron D
Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, 2014, vol. 25, n°. 3, p. 141-6