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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Jan-Feb;34(1):77-89.

Behavior and beliefs about influenza vaccine among adults aged 50-64 years.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Atlanta, GA 30033, USA. afz5@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine demographics and beliefs about influenza disease and vaccine that may be associated with influenza vaccination among 50- to 64-year-olds.

METHODS:

A national sample of adults aged 50-64 years surveyed by telephone.

RESULTS:

Variables associated with receiving influenza vaccination included age, education level, recent doctor visit, and beliefs about vaccine effectiveness and vaccine safety. Beliefs about influenza vaccination varied by race/ethnicity, age, education, and gender.

CONCLUSION:

The finding of demographic differences in beliefs suggests that segmented communication messages designed for specific demographic subgroups may help to increase influenza vaccination coverage.

PMID:
19663755
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