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Table 2 Distribution of responses of study population to knowledge, attitudes and belief questions by vaccination status**

From: Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of older adults about pneumococcal immunization, a Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) investigation

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don't know
  % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n)
Knowledge       
The pneumonia vaccine keeps a person from getting pneumonia*       
Vaccinated 57.6 (288) 31.2 (156) 4.4 (22) 1.0 (5) 1.0 (5) 4.8 (24)
Unvaccinated 30.4 (87) 33.2 (95) 8.4 (24) 1.4 (4) 0 26.6 (76)
Perceived risk       
Pneumonia is a serious disease*       
Vaccinated 91.4 (459) 6.8 (34) 0.6 (3) 0 0 1.2 (6)
Unvaccinated 83.2 (238) 14.0 (4) 0.4 (1) 0.7 (2) 0 1.8 (5)
I am at high risk for pneumonia*       
Vaccinated 18.9 (95) 25.9 (130) 20.3 (102) 10.2 (51) 7.6 (38) 17.1 (86)
Unvaccinated 8.4 (24) 24.4 (67) 22.7 (65) 12.2 (35) 9.4 (27) 23.8 (68)
A person who does NOT get the pneumonia vaccine will probably get pneumonia*       
Vaccinated 5.5 (27) 13.9 (69) 39.8 (197) 0 0.2 (1) 0.4 (2)
Unvaccinated 2.8 (8) 10.1 (29) 24.8 (71) 0.7 (2) 0.4 (1) 1.4 (4)
Normative       
My doctor’s/health care provider’s recommendations are important       
Vaccinated 89.0 (445) 9.4 (47) 0.6 (3) 0.2 (1) 0.2 (1) 0.6 (3)
Unvaccinated 84.6 (241) 13.0 (37) 1.8 (5) 0 0 0.7 (2)
Attitudes       
In general, vaccines are a good way to protect my heath*       
Vaccinated 93.2 (466) (5.4) 27 0.8 (4) 0.2 (1) 0.2 (1) 0.4 (2)
Unvaccinated 83.6 (239) 12.9 (37) 101 (3) 0.7 (2) 0 1.8 (5)
I consider vaccines to be safe*       
Vaccinated 75.6 (378) 21.6 (108) 2.0 (10) 0 0.2 (1) 0.6 (3)
Unvaccinated 65.3 (186) 30.9 (88) 1.4 (4) 1.8 (5) 0 9.8 (28)
I feel that getting the pneumonia vaccine is a wise thing to do*       
Vaccinated 92.0 (460) 6.0 (30) 1.2 (6) 0.2 (1) 0.2 (1) 1.4 (7)
Unvaccinated 52.5 (150) 27.6 (79) 8.4 (24) 2.1 (6) 0.7 (2) 9.4 (27)
It is important for healthy adults over the age of 65 to get the pneumonia vaccine*       
Vaccinated 90.4 (452) 7.2 (36) 0.6 (3) 16.8 (83) 5.7 (28) 18.4 (91)
Unvaccinated 47.6 (136) 29.0 (83) 11.2 (32) 23.8 (68) 18.5 (53) 19.9 (57)
I consider the pneumonia vaccine to be safe*       
Vaccinated 76.4 (379) 18.6 (92) 2.0 (10) 0.2 (1) 0.4 (2) 2.4 (12)
Unvaccinated 40.6 (116) 25.9 (74) 11.5 (33) 1.1 (3) 0 21.0 (60)
  1. *Questions where p < 0.05 for Pearson’s chi square test of the null hypothesis that there is no association between vaccination status and categorical response to question (based on the 4 collapsed categories as described in methods).
  2. **Does not include responses from individuals who indicated they “Did not know” their vaccination status (n = 75).