Americans Not Convinced Flu Shot is the Best Way to Prevent Flu
Friday, February 01, 2013
Washington, D.C. - The overall vaccination rate (here, the percentage of people who indicated that they have had a flu shot) is 40%. This is in accord with government statistics.
The vaccination rate reaches 50% only among individuals 50 years of age and older. Interestingly, the vaccination rate of 18 to 24 year olds is higher than any other under 50 group. This may be due to efforts to encourage vaccination on college campuses.
Many Americans believe that it is unlikely that they will get flu and only about a third are concerned about catching it. Despite the emerging epidemic, flu may not be a relevant issue for most Americans.
Other methods of flu prevention are rated as equally effective as the flu vaccine. Since perceived effectiveness of flu vaccination does not differentiate it from other ways of preventing the flu, some individuals may rely on these alternatives to prevent flu instead of vaccination.
16% of Americans thought that vaccines are not safe and slightly over a third of Americans thought that one can catch flu from a vaccine. Vaccine safety and adverse effects seem to be concerns affecting the vaccination rates for some individuals – these tend to be individuals in the highest income brackets ($150k+).
With few Americans believing that vaccines are expensive and strong majority of Americans stating that vaccines are available in places convenient to them, financial and structural barriers to access do not seem to be factors for most Americans.
This summary memo contains findings from an Ipsos poll conducted January 11-15, 2013. The sample comprised 1,096 Americans ages 18+ who were interviewed online. The precision of the polls is measured using a credibility interval. The poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.
More data and full technical details are available in the document attached.
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