41% of US adults skipping influenza vaccine this season, survey finds

  • NORC at University of Chicago
  • NORC at University of Chicago newsroom
  • 5 Dec 2018

  • curated by Liz Scherer
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • 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.

Key results

  • 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%).

Study design

  • Probability-based panel survey evaluating annual influenza vaccination intention, factors influencing decision-making.
  • Funding: CDC.

Limitations

  • Study design.
  • Self-report bias.

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