Special Issue "Vaccination Effectiveness, Attitudes and Adherence among Women"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Casuccio
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Department of Health Promotion Sciences Maternal and Infant Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties “G. D’Alessandro” – Hygiene section, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: public health; preventive medicine; communicable disease prevention; health promotion; palliative care epidemiology; health determinants
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Dr. Vincenzo Restivo
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Department of Health Promotion Sciences Maternal and Infant Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties “G. D’Alessandro” – Hygiene section, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: non-communicable disease; vaccine safety; screening; epidemiology; HPV; MPRV, gynecological cancer; health belief model
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Dr. Claudio Costantino
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Department of Health Promotion Sciences Maternal and Infant Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties “G. D’Alessandro” – Hygiene section, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
Interests: vaccination strategies; health communication; counselling; smoking habit; nutrition; food hygiene; influenza
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vaccination is one of the most important public health measures that have contributed in past centuries to improve duration and quality of life. Vaccination adherences, however, are under recommended levels to reduce the spread of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in several countries worldwide.

Vaccination coverage rates are low due to misconceptions or doubt regarding the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, causing the “so-called” phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy. This phenomenon involves at least 15% of the general population, including women, as evidenced by one of the first vaccines which was developed to prevent a typical female cancer, human papillomavirus, and showed, particularly in Western Countries, a decreasing confidence and adherence. Furthermore, during the last decade, vaccination against influenza and pertussis among pregnant women has been one of the most important public health topics, demonstrating high efficacy and contributing to meet the concerns of vaccination safety.

This special Issue aims to improve and enrich the international literature data on vaccination effectiveness, attitudes, and adherence among women and on strategies that can contribute to reduce vaccine hesitancy and improve vaccination coverages.

Manuscripts related to vaccines administered mainly to infants, adolescents, pregnant woman, adults, elderly, high-risk categories of women (due to comorbidities and personal risk factors) and healthcare workers are welcomed in this Special Issue.

Also accepted are manuscripts on the topic of vaccination access for women of any target (such as sexual workers, prisoners, residents in long-term care facilities, etc.) and socioeconomic status, in order to assess the inequality in access to health services, such as preventive services, and the possible contrast of Public Health measures.

This Special Issue encourages the submission of original articles, systematic reviews or meta-analyses, short communications, and other types of manuscripts that can improve knowledge on vaccine effectiveness, right attitudes, and strategies that can increase vaccination adherence among women.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Casuccio
Dr. Vincenzo Restivo
Dr. Claudio Costantino
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • vaccination
  • vaccine effectiveness
  • vaccination attitudes
  • maternal immunization
  • women vaccination
  • high-risk categories
  • vaccine hesitancy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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