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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 280-282

Vaccination status, knowledge, and acceptance of adult vaccinations against respiratory illness among patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus


1 Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2 Department of Medicine, Endocrine and Diabetes Unit, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Jubbin Jagan Jacob
Department of Medicine, Endocrine and Diabetes Unit, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 161 008, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.232370

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Patients with diabetes mellitus are more prone to develop infections with influenza virus and pneumococcus. Once they develop respiratory infections, they are twice more likely to die of complication related to the infection. Although there are no Indian guidelines, recent publications have recommended vaccination in patients with diabetes of all ages. Our study was undertaken to find the barriers to the uptake of adult vaccination against respiratory illness among patients with diabetes attending a diabetic clinic in a tertiary care institution. Of the 149 patients interviewed, only 2% and 0.7% had been previously vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcus, respectively. Although 52% of patients agreed that vaccination was safe and effective, only 17.4% got vaccinated during the period of observation after counseling. The primary reasons for refusal were financial (51.7%), while some were not completely convinced of its benefits (9.4%); the other reasons included fear of complications (7.4%) and needles (0.7%).


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