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Table 2 Patients' reasons for having or not having influenza vaccination

From: Cross-sectional survey of older peoples' views related to influenza vaccine uptake

  N % 95% CI
Reasons for having vaccine (N = 675)     
Positive attitude to prevention1 588 87.1 84.4 89.8
Recommended by HCW 559 82.8 78.1 86.7
Recommended by friend/relative 73 10.8 9.2 12.7
Perceived themselves at higher risk because of an underlying medical condition 166 24.6 21.7 27.9
Perceived bad past experience with influenza 120 17.8 15.2 20.8
Reasons for not having vaccine (N = 169)     
Attitudes to vaccination     
Don't get ill 75 44.4 37.4 51.9
Perception vaccine makes them ill 43 25.4 18.1 32.8
Not interested 28 16.6 11.6 22.3
Do not like injections 19 11.2 7.1 17.9
Perception would not work 21 12.3 8.1 19.3
Allergy to vaccine 9 5.3 3.3 8.8
Did not get around to it 9 5.3 3.0 9.5
Knowledge     
Never had it before 51 30.2 22.2 38.1
Did not know needed each year 11 6.5 3.3 10.8
Volunteered thought they were too old 9 5.3 2.1 8.4
Did not know could have it 5 5.3 1.2 7.2
Physical barriers     
No transport 11 6.5 3.8 11.3
Unable to attend because of ill health 9 5.3 2.6 11.1
Time of clinics not suitable 1 0.6 0.1 4.5
Too far away 1 0.6 0.1 4.5
  1. 1Agreed they were aware of benefits or prevention better than cure