Assessment of university student health literacy toward Influenza

Meraji, Marzieh and Rafat-Panah, Hooshang and Mahmoodian, Sanazalsadat and Daeyan, Atieh (2016) Assessment of university student health literacy toward Influenza. Journal of Health Literacy, 1 (3). pp. 191-197.


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Background and objective: Outbreak of influenza A/H1N1 become serious concern. Student in academic institutions can play effective role in prevention and control of influenza. Here paramedical faculty student health literacy toward Influenza was assessed. Methods: A cross sectional-descriptive study was conducted among 139 students in Medical Records, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Health Information Technology, Speech Therapy and Optometry discipline at paramedical faculty of Mashhad medical university in 2016. A pandemic influenza questionnaire was translated and edited. Demographic characteristics of student, level of knowledge and perception toward influenza and perception toward government and media were collected. Results: More than half of student correctly identified influenza symptoms as fever 95/1, body ache 51/2, cough 46/3 and headaches 43/9.person to person transmission and contact with infected objects were recognized by 87/8 and 68/3 of student as a mode of transmission. Students Covering identified nose and mouth 87/8, hand washing with soap and water 80/5 and throwing tissues in rubbish bin as precutions.48/6 of student believed that influenza is not fatal; despite 88/9 of student perceived influenza as serious disease. In Government and media assessment, 39 of student agreed health department and other health authorities had a good control plan, 51/4 of student agreed with transparency of necessary intervention during flu outbreak. Conclusion: This study shows that paramedical faculty student has appropriate influenza health literacy. Delivering more information about mode of transmission, high risk group and precaution intervention and playing more effective role by media is recommended. Paper Type: Research Article.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health Literacy, Influenza, Students
Subjects: WA Public Health
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Health literacy
Depositing User: Dr Hadi Tehrani
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 02:15
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 02:15

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