Knowledge, attitude and vaccination status of varicella among students of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Rashwan Hesham, J. Y. Cheong, Mohd Hasni Ja`Afar

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Varicella is a highly infectious disease that can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Vaccination is the best method to prevent the disease. The objective of this study was to assess the level of knowledge, attitude and vaccination status of varicella among UKM students. A cross sectional study involving pre-tested questionnaires was undertaken between February and April, 2005. Questionnaires were distributed and filled by the first and second year students from four faculties in UKM (n=879). The faculties included were divided into two categories: medical fields and non-medical fields. The results showed that the overall level of knowledge on varicella among respondents was intermediate. The score of knowledge was significantly higher among medical students (t=10.9, p<0.05) compared to non-medical students. The varicella vaccination coverage was low among UKM students (19.3%). The vaccination status was significantly higher among medical students compared to non-medical students (X2=8.6, p<0.05). Vaccination status of varicella among respondents had no association with the level of knowledge (X2=2.42, p>0.05). In conclusion: the awareness and vaccination status of varicella among UKM students were low. More varicella awareness programs should be held on universities' campuses to educate students on methods of prevention of this serious disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume64
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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Chickenpox
Malaysia
Vaccination
Students
Immunization Programs
Encephalitis
Medical Students
Communicable Diseases
Pneumonia
Cross-Sectional Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Knowledge
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Vaccination
  • Varicella

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  • Medicine(all)

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Knowledge, attitude and vaccination status of varicella among students of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). / Hesham, Rashwan; Cheong, J. Y.; Ja`Afar, Mohd Hasni.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 64, No. 2, 06.2009, p. 118-123.

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