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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Meningococcal disease awareness and meningoccocal vaccination among Greek students planning to travel abroad

Androula Pavli
  • Travel Medicine Office, Department for Interventions in Healthcare Facilities, Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens, Greece
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/ Panagiotis Katerelos
  • Department for Interventions in Health Care Facilities, Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens, Greece
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Published Online: 2017-06-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0016



Students living in dormitories are at increased risk for meningococcal disease. Our aim was to evaluate Greek students planning to study abroad about their level of meningococcal disease awareness and attitudes and practices towards meningococcal vaccination.


We studied 231 Greek ERASMUS students using a questionnaire.


Students had a mean number of 4.1 correct answers out of six questions. In particular 66.5% 79.3%, 72.3% and 82.3% of them answered correctly about the etiology, transmission, epidemiology and treatment of meningococcal disease, respectively. Only 23.4% were vaccinated, whereas 14.7% were planning to do so in the near future. Students who answered correctly ≥5 questions were more likely to be male, vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis and science students.


We found an overall good level of knowledge about meningococcal disease among Greek students planning to study or already studying abroad. Knowledge about meningococcal disease was associated with vaccine uptake. However, vaccination rate against meningococcal disease was low.

Keywords: awareness; disease; meningitis; students; travelers; vaccine

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About the article

Received: 2017-01-29

Accepted: 2017-03-22

Published Online: 2017-06-09

Funding: This study was supported by Novartis Vaccines now Glaxo Smith Kline.

Competing interests: Nothing to declare (all authors).

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170016, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0016.

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