Abstract
BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF INFLUENZA VIRUS A H1N1 AMONG NURSING STUDENTS IN KARACHI: A CROSS SECTIONAL SURVEY

Sher Alam Khan, Hina Liaquat and Maria Ayub*

ABSTRACT

Influenza cases in healthy adults can prevent up to 70%-90% by the help of vaccination as well as vaccination is acceptable and well tolerated. The danger posed by break frothing infectious disease in the form of epidemics and pandemics has become even greater. The objective of the study is to critically identify the basic knowledge and attitudes about influenza virus among nursing students in Karachi, Pakistan. The design of the study was the cross sectional design which was conducted with the sample size of 200 from April 2016 to June 2016 in the different college of nursing in Karachi, Pakistan. To analyze, a self-administered questionnaire was designed. Individual who are at risks in which higher percentage of the poultry workers 49% while lower percentage of the vertinarian that is 14%. knowledge of mode of transmission of influenza in which the response in yes answers of the animal to animal 49% that is higher while the response in no answers lower of the human to human that is 29.50%. After careful consideration, for the improvement of influenza A H1N1 virus education and communication approach for nurses that provides useful and descriptive information as necessary of enhancing the level of knowledge about this virus is the conclusion of this survey.

Keywords: Influenza A H1N1, transmission, epidemics, pandemics.


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