Influenza vaccination among the elderly in Italy

F. Pregliasco, L. Sodano, C. Mensi, M. T. Selvaggi, B. Adamo, P. D'Argenio, F. Giussani, A. Simonetti, M. R. Carosella, R. Simeone, C. Dentizi, C. Montanaro, G. Ponzio

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Abstract

This article surveys the attitudes and perceptions of a random sample of the elderly population in three regions of Italy on the use and efficacy of influenza vaccine. The data were collected by direct interviews using a standard questionnaire. The results show that vaccination coverage against influenza is inadequate (26-48.6%). The major reasons for nonvaccination were lack of faith in the vaccine and disbelief that influenza is a dangerous illness. These data emphasize the need for a systematic education programme targeted at the elderly and the provision of influenza vaccination, with the increased cooperation of general practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume77
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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