PIVI’s Work with Kenya
Kenya began receiving PIVI support in 2016. The Kenyan Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Washington State University, and CDC conducted a survey on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) of healthcare workers in Kenya regarding influenza disease and vaccination. The aim of the survey was to assess the KAP of healthcare workers regarding pandemic and influenza disease, as well as their willingness to recommend influenza vaccination to their patients. The survey was conducted in seven counties between May and August 2018, where a total of 2,023 healthcare workers were interviewed. Data cleaning and analysis is ongoing and expected to conclude later this Fall. The findings from the survey will inform pandemic preparedness efforts and strategies to improve understanding and acceptability of flu vaccine among healthcare workers. With PIVI support, Kenya is laying the groundwork for successful national responses to seasonal flu.
Kenya’s National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (KENITAG) and Ministry of Health identified children age 6-23 months as a targeted risk group for future influenza vaccination after KENITAG conducted an evidence-based review of influenza disease burden and vaccine efficacy and safety in 2014-2015. KENITAG and the Ministry of Health are considering conducting a pilot study to evaluate the cost, feasibility, and acceptability of an influenza vaccination program for these children.