- More than half of all US adults have not received the influenza vaccine, and 4 out of 10 report that they do not intend to get vaccinated.
- Severity of the 2017-2018 influenza season may have been due, in part, to poor vaccination uptake among adults (37%), misconceptions about true severity.
Why this matters
- Address patient concerns about influenza vaccine efficacy, side effects.
- Offer/encourage influenza vaccination at every routine office visit.
- 1202 interviews.
- 41% of adults, all ages, reported not planning on getting vaccinated.
- 62% of adults aged >60 years reported being vaccinated vs 24% who did not plan on influenza vaccination for the coming seasons.
- 48% of adults aged
- 50% of young adults, ages 18-29 years, reported no vaccination intention.
- Factors driving lack of influenza vaccination intention included concerns about side effects (36%), concerns about getting sick from vaccine (31%), and lack of efficacy/never become ill (31%).
- Probability-based panel survey evaluating annual influenza vaccination intention, factors influencing decision-making.
- Funding: CDC.
- Study design.
- Self-report bias.