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Advances in Preventive Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 353207, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2011/353207
Research Article

Factors Affecting Intention among Students to Be Vaccinated against A/H1N1 Influenza: A Health Belief Model Approach

1Department of Economics and Management, The Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Emek Yezreel 19300, Israel
2Department of Economics, The Western Galilee College, P.O. Box 2125, Akko 24121, Israel

Received 24 January 2011; Revised 11 October 2011; Accepted 12 October 2011

Academic Editor: John Iskander

Copyright © 2011 Sharon Teitler-Regev et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The outbreak of A/H1N1 influenza (henceforth, swine flu) in 2009 was characterized mainly by morbidity rates among young people. This study examined the factors affecting the intention to be vaccinated against the swine flu among students in Israel. Questionnaires were distributed in December 2009 among 387 students at higher-education institutions. The research questionnaire included sociodemographic characteristics and Health Belief Model principles. The results show that the factors positively affecting the intention to take the swine flu vaccine were past experience with seasonal flu shot and three HBM categories: higher levels of perceived susceptibility for catching the illness, perceived seriousness of illness, and lower levels of barriers. We conclude that offering the vaccine at workplaces may raise the intention to take the vaccine among young people in Israel.