Knowledge and Attitudes of Vaccination among Iraqi Pharmacy Students
Keywords:Knowledge, attitudes, pharmacy students, vaccination.
Objective: Since the vaccination rate is largely affected by low knowledge and negative attitudes of
healthcare professionals, so this study aimed to weigh up the vaccination knowledge and attitudes of
Method: A pilot study using a survey to investigate demographic data, knowledge (20 questions), and
attitudes (5 questions) of 156 fifth year and 121 third year pharmacy students from College of Pharmacy/
University of Baghdad.
Results: The mean score of knowledge and attitudes was intermediate (16.654 and 14.917 out of 25 for the
fifth and the third grades, respectively) with a significant difference between the two groups, the students
shown to have favorable attitudes about vaccination. The score of the students is not influenced by familyrelated parameters like father’s education, mother’s education, the number of siblings and preschool children
in the family.
Conclusion: A positive attitude and intermediate knowledge level about vaccination among pharmacy
students were found. This could be improved by the addition of a specialized vaccinology course to the
curriculum in pharmacy colleges and schools in Iraqi universities and going toward implementing the
pharmacy-based immunization program for pharmacists by the health authorities which in turn can develop
pharmacists’ role in the healthcare system in Iraq.
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