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Table 2 Perceptions related to influenza and influenza vaccination (IV) and facilitating conditions related to IV among parents of young children who had heard of IV (N = 369)

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

  n %#
Perceptions related to influenza and IV   
Perceived chances for children aged 6-23 months to contract influenza compared to the general public (perceived susceptibility)   
 Much higher/Higher 213 57.8
 Same 112 30.3
 Lower/Much lower 44 11.9
Perceived health impact on own child if contracting influenza (perceived severity)   
 Very severe/Severe 193 52.3
 Moderate 142 38.5
 Mild 15 4.1
 No effect 6 1.6
 Do not know 13 3.5
Perceived consequences of contracting influenza in children aged 6-23 months compared to the general public (perceived severity)   
 Much more severe/More severe 212 57.8
 Same 111 30.2
 Less severe/Much less severe 44 12.0
Perceived benefit of IV in reducing risk of influenza-induced complications, e.g. pneumonia (perceived benefit)   
 Yes 260 70.5
 No 49 13.3
 Do not know 60 16.3
Perceived benefit of IV in reducing risk of hospitalization due to influenza (perceived benefit)   
 Yes 260 70.5
 No 49 13.3
 Do not know 60 16.3
Perceived benefit of IV in reducing risk of death due to influenza (perceived benefit)   
 Yes 243 65.9
 No 76 20.6
 Do not know 50 13.6
Perceived benefit of IV in reducing at least one of the three above types of complications (perceived benefit)   
 Yes 325 88.1
 No 44 11.9
Perceived side effects of IV (perceived barrier)   
 No side effect 63 17.1
 Not severe 167 45.3
 Severe 13 3.5
 Do not know 126 34.1
Had ever received recommendations from healthcare professionals to uptake IV (cue to action)   
 Yes 39 10.6
 No 329 89.4
Awareness of governmental recommendation on children aged 6-23 months to take up IV (cue to action)   
 Yes 115 31.2
 No 152 41.2
 Do not know 102 27.6
Inclined to have the child taking up IV in the coming 12 months   
 Yes 151 40.9
 No 116 31.4
 Do not know 102 27.6
The largest amount willing to pay for IV which could effectively reduce the risk of influenza-induced complications/hospitalization (in HK$)a   
 0 36 9.8
 1 – 150 127 34.4
 151 – 300 103 27.9
 301 – 500 61 16.5
 501 – 1000 22 6.0
 > 1000 20 5.4
Facilitating conditions of IV   
More likely to be vaccinated if IV is to be provided proximal to residence   
 Yes 239 64.8
 No 103 27.9
 Do not know 27 7.3
More likely to be vaccinated if supported by family   
 Yes 268 72.6
 No 77 20.9
 Do not know 24 6.5
More likely to be vaccinated if recommended by health care professionals   
 Yes 333 90.2
 No 23 6.2
 Do not know 13 3.5
More likely to be vaccinated if there is a new human case of avian flu in Hong Kong   
 Yes 241 65.3
 No 96 26.0
 Do not know 32 8.7
  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. aHK$1 = US$ 0.13.