Compliance with herpes zoster vaccination in young and adult individuals in two regions of Italy
1 Epidemiology and Prevention Departmental Area, Local Health Agency NA2, Via Corrado Alvaro 8, 80074, Pozzuoli (Naples), Italy
2 Department of Health Sciences, University of Rome "Foro Italico", Piazza Lauro de Bosis 3, 00135, Rome, Italy
3 Department of Infectious, Parasitic and Immune-Mediated Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161, Rome, Italy
4 Department of Studies of Institutions and Territorial Systems, University of Naples "Parthenope", Via Medina 40, 80133, Naples, Italy
5 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata 135, 00173, Rome, Italy
BMC Public Health 2010, 10:333 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-333Published: 12 June 2010
The purpose of this work was to explore the knowledge and acceptance of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)-Herpes Zoster (HZ) vaccination in the general Italian population, where the HZ vaccine has not yet been distributed, using a prevalence study of subjects from two regions in Italy.
A group of 3,173 individuals were interviewed using a questionnaire. The youngest age group (≤ 20 year) was composed of students interviewed at university. The middle age group (21-40 years) and the older age group (≥ 41 years) were interviewed by general practitioners in their office.
In both regions, the majority of subjects had been infected with varicella, and only 165 (5.2%) subjects reported receiving the VZV vaccination. Regarding HZ, 2,749 (86.6%) individuals stated that they knew of the virus and 2,233 (70%) were willing to be vaccinated against HZ. The majority of people willing to be vaccinated were in the middle and older age groups (36.6% and 44.7%, respectively).
Compliance versus vaccination results were satisfactory and probably, with the upcoming availability of the HZ vaccine in Italy, adults will be favourably disposed towards vaccination.