Title

Variations in influenza vaccination among the elderly

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Date

7-2-2004

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Delivery of Health Care; Female; Guideline Adherence; Health Services for the Aged; Health Status; Humans; Influenza Vaccines; Influenza, Human; Male; Vaccination

Disciplines

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To identify unique, mutually exclusive population segments whose members share characteristics associated with likelihood of influenza vaccination.

METHODS: Data from 30,668 elderly participants in the 1999 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems was analyzed using classification and regression tree analysis.

RESULTS: Eleven subgroups were identified: Non-Hispanic Blacks and Hispanics with no recent checkup had the lowest prevalence estimate (28.1%), whereas married white persons aged 75 plus with a recent checkup had the highest (80.6%).

CONCLUSIONS: Influenza vaccination varies greatly according to preventive medical care use and race/ethnicity, factors that are amenable to targeted outreach efforts.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Am J Health Behav. 2004 Jul-Aug;28(4):352-60.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

15228972