Survey on public awareness, attitudes, and barriers for herpes zoster vaccination in South Korea

Tae Un Yang, Hee Jin Cheong, Joon Young Song, Ji Yun Noh, Woo Joo Kim

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A cross-sectional study was performed to assess current public awareness of herpes zoster (HZ) and its vaccine, determine the factors that influence people's intention regarding HZ vaccination, and investigate the barriers for vaccination by changing decisions with sequential questions regarding knowledge, cost, and physician's recommendation in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Korea University Guro Hospital, in South Korea, between August 23 and September 15 of 2013. Among 603 subjects who completed the survey, 85.7% and 43.6% subjects were aware of HZ and HZ vaccination, respectively. Women, younger age group, those with higher income or higher education levels were more likely to be aware of HZ. Overall, 85.8% of subjects aware of HZ were willing to be vaccinated or vaccinate their parents. The main obstacles for the increased acceptance toward vaccination were the high cost and low perceived risk, which decreased acceptance to 60.2%. However, physician's recommendation reversed 69.5% of the refusal to accept HZ vaccine. These results indicate that expanding public education and physician's recommendations are important factors aimed at increasing HZ vaccine coverage rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-726
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a Korea University Guro Hospital grant (No. KUGH13104–001), underwritten by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. The organization funding this study had no role in the design and performance of the study; the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or the preparation, review, and acceptance of the manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Awareness
  • Health behavior
  • Health surveys
  • Herpes zoster
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology


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