Hafiza Aimen Shafiq, Sheerin Nazar Sherazi, Muhammad Arslan Hussain, Maryam Sarwar, Fatima Sundas, Muhammad Salman Fazal
Background And Objective: Influenza is endemic in Pakistan. One of the greatest reasons of it’s being endemic among all age groups is inadequate knowledge and barriers among the safe immunization. The study was intended to assess attitude and knowledge of medical students towards influenza and its vaccination. Methodology: A web based questionnaire was used to conduct the survey among n=382 self- selected undergraduate medical students of central Punjab. Results were assessed by using SPSS version-26. Results: A total of n=382 responses were received. [88.7%] of participants know about influenza. [75%] of the respondents knew the actual mode of transmission i.e. droplets, [52.4%] choose cough and flu as the most common symptom, Majority [82.2%] knew the right answer for duration of symptoms. Only 30.1% of the participated medical students were vaccinated against influenza. Only [40.3%] had the information about against which strains of influenza seasonal flu vaccine provide protection and actual time to get vaccinated. Majority [24.4%] of the respondent medical students choose medical training as the source that influences them most in their influenza vaccine uptake decision. [31.4%] of participants labelled lack of awareness and knowledge on flu vaccination to be the biggest barrier in the way of healthcare workers to be vaccinated against influenza. Conclusion: The study described that student’s knowledge regarding influenza was moderate. The results regarding medical students’ vaccination uptake and knowledge were highly disappointing. .Students awareness and knowledge about influenza vaccine need to be improved by organizing seminars and awareness sessions.