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Susceptibility and Factors of Pertussis Vaccination Adherence in Korean Health Care Workers

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Objective: To examine pertussis susceptibility and identify factors that might influence commitment to pertussis vaccination plan among Korean health care workers.

Methods: The susceptibilities were examined using Bordetella pertussis IgG ELISA. The individual and related behaviors and cognition and affect factors were measured.

Results: Approximately 20 of subjects were susceptible to pertussis. Only perceived sensitivity and social support system were found to have significant direct effects on commitment to vaccination plan.

Conclusions: Vaccination with pertussis among health care workers is certainly needed in Korea. In practice, when developing educational programs, perceived sensitivity and support systems need to be specifically considered.

Keywords: health behavior; health care workers; immunization; pertussis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-01-01

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