Date

2017

Major

Nursing (BSN)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Margaret Mossholder

Abstract

Commonly known as “the flu”, influenza is a contagious respiratory infection that causes mild to severe illness. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination as the best method for prevention of the illness. This study was conducted to analyze university students’ perceptions and knowledge of influenza as well as influenza vaccination. A survey was completed by 284 Georgia Southern University students. This research found university students to possess basic knowledge of influenza and its implications for one’s health. However, the study found that university students lack some knowledge of influenza vaccination, and many university students did not seem to perceive influenza vaccination as highly valuable. The study also found cost; gender; ethnicity; personal or family history of influenza infection; and health status to be factors influencing university students’ perceptions of, knowledge of, and experiences with influenza and influenza vaccination.

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