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BMC Infect Dis. 2007 Dec 10;7:144.

Trends in influenza vaccination coverage rates in Germany over five seasons from 2001 to 2006.

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European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine, University of Basel, 4031 Basel, Switzerland. mvindtholm@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To assess influenza vaccination coverage from 2001 to 2006 in Germany, to understand drivers and barriers to vaccination and to identify vaccination intentions for season 2006/07.

METHODS:

9,990 telephone-based household surveys from age 14 were conducted between 2001 and 2006. Essentially, the same questionnaire was used in all seasons.

RESULTS:

The influenza vaccination coverage rate reached 32.5% in 2005/06. In the elderly (> or years), the vaccination rate reached 58.9% in 2005/06. In those aged 65 years and older, it was 63.4%. Perceiving influenza as a serious illness was the most frequent reason for getting vaccinated. Thirteen percent of those vaccinated in 2005/06 indicated the threat of avian flu as a reason. The main reason for not getting vaccinated was thinking about it without putting it into practice. The major encouraging factor to vaccination was a recommendation by the family doctor. 49.6% of the respondents intend to get vaccinated against influenza in season 2006/07.

CONCLUSION:

Increasing vaccination rates were observed from 2001 to 2006 in Germany. The threat of avian influenza and the extended reimbursement programs may have contributed to the recent increase.

PMID:
18070354
PMCID:
PMC2233630
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2334-7-144
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