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Mujallad Alaa1 , Hala Mohammed Yasin2, Hotaf Abdullah Alharbi3, Mazin Barry4,5 and Mohammed Qashqary6
1Nursing Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2College of Applied Medical Sciences University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
3Nursing Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
4College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
5Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
6Family and Community Medicine Department, University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Article Number: 8714 | © The Author(s). 2024
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2024;18(1):703-710. https://doi.org/10.22207/JPAM.18.1.60
Received: 20 May 2023 | Accepted: 29 September 2023 | Published online: 03 March 2024
Issue online: March 2024
Abstract

The onset of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the world, leading to significant adjustments in human behavior. A plethora of behavioral modifications have been embraced by individuals. As COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza symptoms, this study aimed to measure attitudes regarding the uptake of influenza vaccination in the COVID-19 era. This cross-sectional study used a self-administered questionnaire. A total of 311 participants were conveniently selected from two of the most popular shopping malls in Jeddah City, Saudi Arabia, during a three-day influenza awareness campaign conducted between 11 November 2020 to 14 November 2020. Demographic items and all scales (summed and examined for internal reliability using Cronbach’s alpha) were analyzed using univariate analysis, including measures of central tendencies and frequencies. This study indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has not significantly affected vaccination adoption rates. Only 9.3% of the individuals who received the vaccine expressed fear or a desire for protection against COVID-19.

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Influenza Vaccine, COVID-19, Saudi Arabia

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