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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(3), 853-869; doi:10.3390/ijerph7030853
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Workplace Vaccination and Other Factors Impacting Influenza Vaccination Decision among Employees in Israel

1,*  and 2,3
1 The Economics and Management Department, The Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Emek Yezreel 19300, Israel 2 Department of Economics, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel 3 Western Galilee College, P.O.B. 2125, Akko 24121, Israel
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 28 December 2009 / Revised: 29 January 2010 / Accepted: 23 February 2010 / Published: 8 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract

The study examined the factors affecting the decision to be vaccinated against influenza among employees in Israel. The research, conducted in 2007/2008, included 616 employees aged 18−65 at various workplaces in Israel, among them companies that offered their employees influenza vaccination. The research questionnaire included socio-demographic characteristics, and the Health Belief Model principles. The results show that the significant factors affecting vaccination compliance include a vaccination program at workplaces, vaccinations in the past, higher levels of vaccine's perceived benefits, and lower levels of barriers to getting the vaccine. We conclude that vaccine compliance is larger at companies with workplace vaccination programs providing easier accessibility to vaccination.
Keywords: influenza vaccination; health belief model; employees influenza vaccination; health belief model; employees
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Shahrabani, S.; Benzion, U. Workplace Vaccination and Other Factors Impacting Influenza Vaccination Decision among Employees in Israel. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 853-869.

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