Variations in influenza vaccination among the elderly
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine
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.
Am J Health Behav. 2004 Jul-Aug;28(4):352-60.
American journal of health behavior
Lemon SC, Rakowski W, Clark MA, Roy J, Friendmann PD. (2004). Variations in influenza vaccination among the elderly. Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/prevbeh_pp/185