The Scope and Targeting of Influenza Vaccination Reminders Among US Adults

Evidence from a Nationally Representative Survey

Published In: Archives of Internal Medicine, v. 170, no. 4, Feb. 22, 2010, p. 390-392

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Jürgen Maurer, Katherine M. Harris

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Despite broad recommendations and substantial evidence regarding effectiveness and safety, influenza vaccine uptake among US adults falls short of targeted rates. Rigorously designed studies have shown that patient reminders are highly effective in improving influenza immunization rates. Yet, there are no nationally representative data concerning the share of adults who currently receive influenza vaccination reminders, and there is no evidence regarding the targeting of these reminders toward patients recommended for vaccination. We present herein nationally representative estimates of self-reported receipt of a reminder to be vaccinated against influenza among US adults and show how reminder receipt varies by recommendation status. METHODS: We analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of US adults 18 years and older (N = 5105) fielded by Knowledge Networks (Menlo Park, California) between March 4 and April 7, 2009.

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