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Education on Vaccination Competence: an Intensive Course for Skillful Health Science Students

Dimitra Perifanou, Eleni Konstantinou, Sari Nyman, Anne Nikula, Aija Ahokas, Joan–Carles Casas–Baroy, Daniela Cavani, Paola Ferri, Paola Galbany-Estragués, Cinzia Gradellini, Kristina Grendova, Michaela Machajova, Montse Romero-Mas, Daniela Mecugni, Xavier Palomar-Aumatell, Janka Prnova, Carme Roure Pujol, Heli Thomander, Evanthia Sakella.


Background: Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions for public health. Studies have shown that health professionals who have good knowledge and positive attitudes towards vaccination are more likely to provide effective vaccination protection to people, including themselves. Therefore, health science students must acquire evidence-based knowledge during their education to meet the challenges of healthcare. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the knowledge, attitudes and feedback of health science students who participated in the Educating Vaccination Competence (EDUVAC) Intensive Course. Methods: A five-day Intensive Course was implemented for health science students, which included a pre-assignment. The EDUVAC Intensive Course used different teaching methods (lectures, workshops, interactive games, discussions), group work, study visits, and cultural programs to encourage students’ motivation. For the purpose of the study, students filled out an online questionnaire after giving informed consent. Results: Sample consisted of 31 health science students from five European Higher Institutions. They had very good knowledge on most knowledge questions. In the post measurement it was significantly greater and equal to 81%, p

Key words: intensive course, knowledge, attitudes, satisfaction, vaccination competence, health science students

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