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Table 1 Background characteristics of all respondents (N = 401)

From: Coverage and parental perceptions of influenza vaccination among parents of children aged 6 to 23 months in Hong Kong

  n %#
Socio-demographic factors   
Gender   
 Male 61 15.2
 Female 340 84.8
Age   
 18 – 19 2 0.5
 20 – 24 24 6.0
 25 – 29 74 18.5
 30 – 34 159 39.7
 35 - 39 92 22.9
 40 – 44 44 11.0
 45 – 49 4 1.0
 50 – 54 2 0.5
Education level   
 Primary school or below 19 4.7
 Junior – senior secondary school 271 67.6
 Post secondary or matriculation 32 8.0
 University or above 79 19.7
Receiving CSSA   
 Yes 10 2.5
 No 385 96.0
 Refused to answer 6 1.5
Gender of the index children   
 Male 221 55.1
 Female 180 44.9
Age of the index children   
 6 months to 12 months 194 48.9
 13 months to 23 months 203 51.1
Information related to influenza   
Perceived health impact on own child if contracting influenza (perceived severity)   
 Very severe/Severe 204 50.8
 Moderate 157 39.2
 Mild 16 4.0
 No effect 7 1.7
 Do not know 17 4.2
Perceived consequences of contracting influenza in children aged 6-23 months compared to the general public (perceived severity)   
 Much more severe/More severe 247 61.6
 Same 128 31.9
 Less severe/Much less severe 21 5.4
 Do not know 4 1.0
Perceived chances for children aged 6-23 months to contract influenza compared to the general public (perceived susceptibility)   
 Much higher/Higher 231 57.6
 Same 122 30.4
 Lower/Much lower 47 11.7
 Do not know 1 0.2
Ever heard of IV 369 92.0
Ever had IV 36 9.0
Received IV in the 05/06 flu season 34 8.5
Age of the index children at the last IVa   
 6 months to 12 months 16 47.1
 13 months to 21 months 18 52.9
Health service seeking behaviors for the last influenzab   
 Visited private clinics 233 57.2
 Visited government/HA general outpatient clinics 42 10.3
 Took herbal medicine 10 2.5
 Visited acute and emergency unit 8 2.0
 Took over-the-counter western medicine 6 1.5
 Saw a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctor 2 0.5
 Took over-the-counter TCM 1 0.2
 No treatment/No drugs used 5 1.2
 Do not know 1 0.2
 Not ever having influenza 99 24.3
  1. #Valid percentages were reported (i.e. missing values were not included in the denominator) and the frequencies therefore may not sum up to the total.
  2. aAmong those who had received IV in the 05/06 flu section (N = 34).
  3. bAmong those who had had influenza (N = 302). Multiple answers were allowed, so summing up the individual numbers (n) might not be equal to the total number of respondents (N) in each sample.