Select Committee on Science and Technology Minutes of Evidence

Annex 2


    —  The flu survey was commissioned by UVIG and carried out by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), using the Spotlight methodology, where pharmacists issued patients with questionnaires upon collecting their prescription medication. The survey was carried out amongst 535 patients with diabetes and/or asthma, aged under 65 years.

    —  Field work completed March 2002.

    —  Summary of survey findings:

      —  Almost half (45 per cent) of those who have never had a flu vaccination were not planning to have one this winter and a further 19 per cent were unsure.

      —  Only 10 per cent of those who have never had a flu vaccine were planning to have one this winter.

      —  More people with asthma had abstained from having a flu vaccination than people with diabetes (39 per cent vs 25 per cent).

      —  Uptake of flu vaccines amongst people with asthma and/or diabetes was 10 per cent higher in the South than in the North (including Scotland), during the 2001-02 season.

      —  Only 45 per cent of all respondents were aware of the Department of Health (DoH) policy on flu vaccination for at-risk groups. People with asthma were less aware (40 per cent) than people with diabetes (51 per cent) of the DoH flu policy.

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