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Ir Med J. 2000 Mar-Apr;93(2):48-9.

The acceptability of pneumococcal vaccine to older persons in Ireland.

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North Eastern Health Board, Department of Public Health, Navan, Co. Meath.

Abstract

A study was carried out to demonstrate in an Irish population whether older persons at risk from pneumococcal disease would accept an offer of the pneumococcal vaccine at the same time as their influenza vaccination. Of the 450 patients from 2 practices invited to attend for vaccination, 367 (81.6%) accepted both vaccines, a further 17 (3.8%) accepted the influenza vaccine only and a further 3 (0.7%) accepted the pneumococcal vaccine only. Three hundred and seven (68.2%) patients had received influenza vaccine at some time in previous years and these were statistically more likely to accept either vaccine than those who had not. This study has demonstrated that older persons at risk from pneumococcal disease will respond positively to a written invitation from their GP to avail of the pneumococcal vaccine.

PMID:
11037249
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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