Table 3

Public attitudes about adult immunisation

Synopsis of statementsStrongly agree/agree (%)Neither agree nor disagree (%)Disagree/strongly disagree (%)
It is important for adults to receive all recommended vaccines57.528.014.5
Vaccines are more important for children than adults48.327.923.8
Vaccines that are recommended for adults should be publicly funded78.115.66.4
My doctor/nurse has informed me of the vaccines I should receive25.026.148.9
I keep a record of what vaccines I have received36.620.243.2
According to public health recommendations, I know what vaccines I am supposed to have received21.733.444.9
I think there should be a vaccine registry that keeps track of all of the vaccines I received so that any doctor in any hospital in the country can have access to my records in order to provide care for me.75.816.28.0
Yes (%)No (%)I don't know (%)
Do you feel the following infections/diseases can have an important impact on the health of adults?
 Influenza84.210.55.3
 Pertussis56.38.834.8
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)88.83.87.4
 Shingles74.09.116.9
Do you feel the following infections/diseases can be prevented by an adult vaccine?
 Influenza60.125.314.6
 Pertussis54.48.137.5
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)43.026.430.6
 Shingles36.319.644.1
Have you been offered a vaccine to prevent the following infections/diseases?
 Influenza77.419.03.6
 Pertussis10.875.613.6
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)17.872.010.2
 Shingles7.980.012.1
Has your healthcare provider recommended that you receive a vaccine to prevent the following infections/diseases?
 Influenza52.842.84.4
 Pertussis5.686.18.3
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)13.878.47.7
 Shingles5.186.48.6
Have you received a vaccine to prevent the following infections/diseases?
 Influenza56.240.03.8
 Pertussis14.170.315.6
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)15.572.711.7
 Shingles7.579.812.7
If your healthcare provider recommended it, would you receive a vaccine to prevent the following infection/disease?
 Influenza59.027.513.5
 Pertussis55.017.627.4
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)59.717.922.4
 Shingles55.020.224.8
Even if you had to pay for the vaccine (around $100/dose), would you receive a vaccine to prevent the following infections/diseases, if your healthcare provider recommended it?
 Influenza15.463.321.3
 Pertussis11.457.930.7
 Pneumonia (pneumococcal)15.756.527.8
 Shingles13.257.329.4