UVIG FLU SURVEY
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
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.