Intention to receive influenza vaccination prior to the summer influenza season in adults of Hong Kong, 2015

Lin Yang, Benjamin J. Cowling, Qiuyan Liao

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Abstract

Following a severe winter epidemic of drifted influenza A(H3N2) during January-March 2015, the Hong Kong government purchased vaccines of southern hemisphere formulation for administration prior to the anticipated summer influenza epidemic. This is the first time that seasonal influenza vaccines will be delivered twice within the same year in Hong Kong. We conducted a household telephone survey to investigate the acceptance of Hong Kong adults to pre-summer influenza vaccination. We found that the proportion of people reporting intention to receive vaccination was 37.8, 24.0, 31.4, and 34.4% in the age groups of 18-39, 40-59, 60-69, and 70 years or above. Only 31.3% of respondents who claimed they were parents or guardians said they would take their children to receive vaccination if the new vaccine was available. These findings suggested that intention to receive pre-summer vaccination was low even among the priority group of older people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6525-6528
Number of pages4
JournalVaccine
Volume33
Issue number48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Chinese adults
  • Influenza
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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