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Table 3 Information related to influenza vaccination (IV) since September 2005 (i.e., in the 05/06 flu season)

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

  n %#
Place where the last episode of IV was received a   
 Private clinics 22 64.7
 Maternal and Child Health Centres 4 11.8
 School 3 8.8
 Outside Hong Kong 3 8.8
 Home 1 2.9
 Government/HA general outpatient clinics 1 2.9
The most important reason of IV uptake (last episode) a   
 Prevent influenza 16 47.1
 Worried about contracting influenza/avian influenza 11 32.3
 Recommended by health care professional 5 14.7
 Influence by peer/family 1 2.9
 Others 1 2.9
Self-reported side effects (last episode of IV) a   
 Yes 5 14.7
 No 29 85.3
Perceived types of side effect, if any (last episode of IV) a b   
 Fever 4 80.0
 Cannot remember/do not know 1 20.0
The most important reason of not uptaking IV c   
 Not necessary 98 23.2
 Do not know/had not thought about it 48 11.4
 Good health conditions 45 10.7
 Baby is too young 42 10
 Had not been recommended by health care professional 37 8.8
 Worried about side effects of IV 34 8.1
 Out of stock 18 4.3
 Afraid of clashing with other injections 15 3.6
 Perceived that IV was not efficacious 13 3.1
 Seldom go out 11 2.6
 Did not know where to get IV 10 2.4
 Sick 8 1.9
 Not living in Hong Kong 5 1.2
 Busy 4 0.9
 Fear of too many injections required 4 0.9
 Did not want to uptake IV 3 0.7
 Perceived that the IV taken more than 6 months ago was still efficacioius 3 0.7
 Cannot afford it 3 0.7
 Allergic to IV 3 0.7
 Inadequate knowledge about IV 3 0.7
 No reason given 2 0.5
 Others (e.g., need to inject twice, etc.) 13 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 children aged 6-23 months who had taken up IV since September 2005 (N = 34).
  3. bMultiple answers were allowed, so summing up the individual numbers (n) might not be equal to the total number of respondents (N) in each sample.
  4. cAmong children aged 6-23 months who had not yet taken IV or not uptake IV since September 2005 (N = 335).