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    The impact of seasonal influenza vaccination uptake on COVID-19 vaccination attitudes in a rural area in Greece
    (Elsevier Ltd, 2023) ; ;
    Andria Papazachariou
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    Onoufrios Malikides
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    Maria Stamatelatou
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    Nektaria Vasilaki
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    Athanasia Milioni
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    Maria Dasenaki
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    Nikolaos Spernovasilis
    Introduction: Promoting vaccination for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), especially for high-risk groups such as the elderly and persons with comorbidities, is important for reducing the incidence of severe disease and death. Methods: Retrospective cross-sectional study of factors associated with COVID-19 vaccination, including previous influenza vaccination, among all persons who received medical services in a rural area in Crete, Greece, between October 2020-May 2021. Results: Among 3129 participants, receipt of influenza vaccination in 2020–21 was strongly associated with COVID-19 vaccination, as was influenza vaccination in 2019–20, albeit to a lesser extent. In addition, persons older than 59 years (with exception of those 90 + years old) and those who lived closer to the hospital/health center, were more likely to vaccinate for COVID-19. Persons younger than 40 years of age, females, persons with mental illness or neurologic disease, were also less likely to vaccinate for COVID-19 (all p < 0.001). Conclusions: COVID-19 vaccination was more likely among those who were vaccinated for influenza before and during the pandemic. Access to healthcare services and specific comorbidities, were important influencers for vaccination, underlying the importance of tailored interventions to enforce vaccination in high-risk groups.
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    Pill versus vaccine for COVID-19: Is there a genuine dilemma?
    (Elsevier Masson s.r.l., 2022-04) ;
    S.P. Papadakos
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    N. Mazonakis
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    M. Papadakis
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    N. Spernovasilis
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    Epidemics and pandemics: Is human overpopulation the elephant in the room?
    (Elsevier Masson s.r.l., 2021-12) ;
    N. Spernovasilis
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    I. Markaki
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    M. Papadakis
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    L. Markaki
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    Extensive Testing and Public Health Interventions for the Control of COVID-19 in the Republic of Cyprus between March and May 2020
    (MDPI, 2020-11) ;
    Annalisa Quattrocchi
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    Ioannis Mamais
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    Eirini Christaki
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    Costas Constantinou
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    Maria Koliou
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    Zoi-Dorothea Pana
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    Valentinos Silvestros
    ;
    Fani Theophanous
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    Christos Haralambous
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    Androulla Stylianou
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    Sotiroula Sotiriou
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    Maria Athanasiadou
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    Theopisti Kyprianou
    ;
    Anna Demetriou
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    Christiana A. Demetriou
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    Ourania Kolokotroni
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    Ioanna Gregoriou
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    Niki Paphitou
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    George Panos
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    Leontios Kostrikis
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    Peter Karayiannis
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    Georgios Petrikkos
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    Petros Agathangelou
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    George Mixides
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    Georgios Siakallis
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    Linos Hadjihannas
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    Lakis Palazis
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    Anna Vavlitou
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    Chrystalla Matsentidou-Timiliotou
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    Dimitris Koukios
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    Tonia Adamidi
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    Frangiskos Frangopoulos
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    Elizabeth Constantinou
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    Georgios Nikolopoulos
    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has significantly affected the well-being of individuals worldwide. We herein describe the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the Republic of Cyprus during the first epidemic wave (9 March–3 May 2020). We analyzed surveillance data from laboratory-confirmed cases, including targeted testing and population screening. Statistical analyses included logistic regression. During the surveillance period, 64,136 tests (7322.3 per 100,000) were performed, 873 COVID-19 cases were diagnosed, and 20 deaths were reported (2.3%). Health-care workers (HCWs) represented 21.4% of cases. Overall, 19.1% of cases received hospital care and 3.7% required admission to Intensive Care Units. Male sex (adjusted Odds Ratio (aOR): 3.04; 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 1.97–4.69), increasing age (aOR: 1.56; 95%CI: 1.36–1.79), symptoms at diagnosis (aOR: 6.05; 95%CI: 3.18–11.50), and underlying health conditions (aOR: 2.08; 95%CI: 1.31–3.31) were associated with hospitalization. For recovered cases, the median time from first to last second negative test was 21 days. Overall, 119 primary cases reported 616 close contacts, yielding a pooled secondary attack rate of 12% (95%CI: 9.6–14.8%). Three population-based screening projects, and two projects targeting employees and HCWs, involving 25,496 people, revealed 60 positive individuals (0.2%). Early implementation of interventions with targeted and expanded testing facilitated prompt outbreak control on the island.
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    Influenza vaccination among infection control teams: A EUCIC survey prior to COVID-19 pandemic
    (Elsevier Ltd, 2020-12-14) ;
    Şiran Keske
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    Nico T. Mutters
    ;
    Önder Ergönül
    We aimed to describe the influenza vaccination rate and its determinants among infection control team (ICT) across different countries. Online multilingual survey consisting of 23 items, between 17 May −15 July of 2019 targeting the opinions and practices of ICTs regarding the 2018–2019 influenza season was employed. Participants were reached via European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and European Union Certificate for Infection Control (EUCIC) newsletters, social media, and national societies. In total, 899 participants from 56 countries responded to the survey. The overall vaccination rate was 76%, being the highest in Finland, Portugal, Norway, and Israel (100%), whereas the lowest in Italy (68%) and Turkey (39%). Influenza vaccination rate was 86% among IC physicians and 52% among IC nurses. The most significant factors affecting participants’ decision were personal influenza vaccine experience (49%) and attitude of the scientific authorities (48%). In multivariate analysis, vaccination of the ICT head (OR: 16.04, 95%CI: 8.4–30.8, p < 0.001) and having free vaccine (OR: 7.56, 95%CI: 2.1–27.4, p = 0.02) were found to be the strongest predictors for influenza vaccination, whereas working in Turkey (OR: 0.41, 95%CI: 0.22–0.77, p = 0.006) and being an IC nurse (OR:0.43, 95%CI: 0.24–0.80, p = 0.007) were significantly associated with not having been vaccinated. In conclusion, COVID-19 pandemic increased the importance of protection against respiratory viruses including influenza. Vaccination strategies should have a special emphasis on IC nurses, who have a relatively lower vaccination rate, should enhance the vaccination of the ICT leaders, and put effort to provide free availability of the influenza vaccine.