Author(s): Kinuani L, Nzolo DB, Aloni MN, Makolo P, Ntamabyaliro N, , Kinuani L, Nzolo DB, Aloni MN, Makolo P, Ntamabyaliro N,
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the reaction of students to adverse events following immunization in order to offer a baseline for developing a communication and risk management plan. METHOD: This is a cross-sectional study conducted in Kinshasa. A survey was conducted between the third and the fourth rounds of Supplementary Immunization Activity. Nine hundred and fifty questionnaires were used and addressed students who attended this university from 1 to 10 June 2011. RESULTS: Completed questionnaires were received from 848 students, with 485 females (57·2\%), 343 males (40·4\%), and 20 unknown (2·4\%); 46·9\% of students were from the faculty of medicine and 24·7\% was from the third graduate degree. From those who completed the questionnaire, 136 (16·4\%) reported experiencing an adverse events following immunization. Concerning the attitude of students towards adverse events following immunization, 79 students (58·5\%) did nothing; 54 (40·0\%) opted for self-medication; 2 (1·5\%) went to the hospital. CONCLUSION: The main finding of our study is the low rate of people referring to health-care providers for vaccine-related problems, more specially for adverse events following immunization. A risk management plan should be focused in strategies to increase communication between population and health-care providers.
This article was published in Pathog Glob Health
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research