eISSN: 1897-4309
ISSN: 1428-2526
Contemporary Oncology/Współczesna Onkologia
Current issue Archive Manuscripts accepted About the journal Supplements Addendum Special Issues Editorial board Journal's reviewers Abstracting and indexing Subscription Contact Instructions for authors Ethical standards and procedures
SCImago Journal & Country Rank
3/2021
vol. 25
 
Share:
Share:
more
 
 
abstract:
Original paper

Seasonal influenza vaccination among cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland

Mikołaj Bartoszkiewicz
1
,
Joanna Kufel-Grabowska
2, 3
,
Maria Litwiniuk
4

1.
Department of Immunobiology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
2.
Department of Chemotherapy, University Hospital of Lord’s Transfiguration, Poznań, Poland
3.
Department of Electroradiology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
4.
Department of Cancer Pathology and Prevention, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
Contemp Oncol (Pozn) 2021; 25 (3): 168–173
Online publish date: 2021/09/24
View full text
Get citation
ENW
EndNote
BIB
JabRef, Mendeley
RIS
Papers, Reference Manager, RefWorks, Zotero
AMA
APA
Chicago
Harvard
MLA
Vancouver
 
Introduction
In the era of the COVID-19pandemic overlapping with the influenza season, the number of infections with the abovementioned viruses may result in overload in the healthcare system, difficulties in the diagnosis of respiratory diseases, poorer access to appropriate therapy, and increased mortality. Aim of the study: The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the decision to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza in cancer patients.

Material and methods
An anonymous survey prepared by the authors was made available to patients at the Chemotherapy Department at the Greater Poland Cancer Center. The survey covered 236 respondents, both female (67.4%, n = 159) and male (32.6%, n =77). A 0–10 point numerical scale was used to assess the fear of coronavirus infection and the influenza. Data were collected from June 8 to September 30, 2020. The survey included 25 questions. The patients were informed by physicians about the voluntary and anonymous nature of the survey, to which they gave their oral consent. IBM SPSS Statistics 26 was used for the analysis.

Results
The vast majority of patients (69.5%, n = 164) have never been vaccinated against influenza and 30.5% (n = 72) have been vaccinated at least once in the past. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost ¼ of the patients (24.6%, n = 58) stated that they wanted to be vaccinated against influenza. Only 33.5% (n = 79) of the respondents believed that the influenza vaccine was effective.

Conclusions
Action is needed to increase the percentage of cancer patients who will be regularly vaccinated against the influenza. The COVID-19 pandemic may raise the interest of cancer patients in influenza vaccination.

keywords:

cancer patients, COVID-19, influenza, vaccination

Quick links
© 2021 Termedia Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
Developed by Bentus.