This study investigated predictors of influenza vaccination uptake since the introduction of the policy to target over 65s. Four hundred and forty-four participants completed a cross-sectional structured interview. The predictors of vaccination uptake were: having a doctor or nurse who explained why the vaccination is important and possible side effects; living with others; higher occupational status; and having a car or being able to walk to the GPs rather than reliant on others or public transport. Most participants who had received the vaccination reported having done so in response to reminders or advice from medical professionals. The most common explanations given by those who had chosen not to receive the vaccination were fear of side effects and concerns regarding vaccination efficacy. Current national campaigns and general practitioners' reminder programmes appear to have been successful in improving awareness; however, these results suggest that a more informational campaign, focused on the evidence that the vaccine is efficacious and that side effects are limited, may further improve uptake. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
- vaccination uptake