Living with a high-risk household member motivates influenza vaccination

  • Yue X & al.
  • Vaccine
  • 21 Nov 2018

  • curated by Liz Scherer
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • Living with >1 household (HH) member at high risk for influenza-related complications was significant motivation for vaccination during the 2016-2017 season.

Why this matters

  • Include HH members in vaccination recall, reminder systems for high-risk patients.
  • Reinforce importance of influenza vaccination to protect family and close contacts.

Key results

  • 29.2% (95% CI, 27.5%-30.8%) of adults with >1 high-risk HH member.
  • 41.0% overall influenza vaccine coverage.
  • 46.7% vs 38.6% of adults with/without high-risk HH member, respectively, reported receiving an influenza vaccination (P<.05 adjusted prevalence difference: ci>
  • 88.7% of adults living with a high-risk HH member reported protecting family/close contacts as a primary vaccination motivator, but only 19.4% overall reported this as a main reason.
  • 27.3% of unvaccinated adults living with a high-risk HH member reported they did not need the vaccine for personal protection.

Study design

  • National Internet Flu Survey 2016 data analysis of 1) influenza vaccination coverage during 2016-2017 season among adults living with HH member with condition increasing risk for influenza-related complications, 2) difference in vaccination rates among adults with/without high-risk HH members.
  • Funding: None.

Limitations

  • Possible underestimation of vaccination coverage.
  • Sample bias.
  • Self-report bias.

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