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Table 3 Ranking of reasons for and against vaccination in season 2006/07 (First six ranks)

From: Influenza vaccination coverage rates in five European countries during season 2006/07 and trends over six consecutive seasons

Motivations for getting vaccinated UK Germany Italy France Spain All
  (n = 509) (n = 549) (n = 488) (n = 485) (n = 435) (n = 2465)
  Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%)
My family doctor/nurse advised me to do it 1 (60) 2 (71) 1 (43) 3 (34) 1 (44) 1 (51)
Because the flu is a serious illness and I did not want to get it 2 (50) 1 (90) 2 (24) 3 (34) 2 (37) 2 (48)
Because of my age 3 (42) 5 (39) 5 (15) 2 (37) 3 (30) 3 (33)
Because I am not in very good health 4 (32) 6 (31) 3 (23) 6 (15) 4 (21) 6 (25)
So I do not pass the flu bug to my family/friends 5 (32) 3 (69) 4 (17) 5 (17) 5 (19) 5 (32)
Because the social security system pays for it 6 (29) 4 (46) 6 (6) 1 (47) 6 (19) 4 (30)
Reasons for not getting vaccinated (among those never vaccinated) UK Germany Italy France Spain All
  (n = 1183) (n = 900) (n = 1338) (n = 1291) (n = 1289) (n = 6001)
  Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%) Rank (%)
I do not think I am very likely to catch the flu 3 (33) 1 (48) 2 (22) 3 (18) 1 (63) 1 (36)
I have never considered it before 2 (35) 6 (31) 1 (38) 2 (21) 2 (43) 2 (34)
My family doctor did not recommend it to me 1 (38) 4 (39) 4 (14) 4 (17) 3 (25) 3 (26)
I am too young to be vaccinated 4 (32)   5 (12) 1 (35) 4 (18) 4 (22)
It is not a serious enough illness   3 (40) 3 (17)   6 (11) 5 (18)
I don't like injections/needles     6 (11) 5 (13) 6 (14)
My doctor at work has never recommended it to me 5 (21)      
My pharmacist has never recommended it to me 6 (21) 5 (33)     
I thought about it but I didn't end up getting vaccinated   2 (47)     
I don't think the vaccine is effective enough    5 (12)    
It is too expensive/not reimbursed     5 (17)