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Table 2 Knowledge and attitudes towards general statements about influenza and influenza vaccine stratified by vaccination intention

From: Influenza vaccination knowledge, attitudes, and practices among Tunisian elderly with chronic diseases

Statements about influenza and influenza vaccinea Willing to receive vaccine Not willing to receive vaccine P value
Nb Agreed
n(%)
Nc Agreed
n (%)
Influenza does NOT cause a lot of illness in Tunisia 657 128(19.5) 248 42(16.9) 0.382
People who have influenza are never sick enough to be admitted to the hospital 656 118(18.0) 247 52(21.1) 0.294
Influenza is more dangerous for elderly persons 655 580(88.5) 247 191(77.3) < 0.001
Influenza is more dangerous for persons with chronic diseases 656 580(88.4) 247 200(81.0) 0.004
Influenza vaccine can make someone sick with influenza 571 96(16.8) 215 64(29.8) < 0.001
Influenza vaccine is recommended for elderly persons 572 478(83.7) 215 127(59.1) < 0.001
Influenza vaccine helps protect elderly persons against influenza 572 483(84.4) 215 126(58.6) < 0.001
Influenza can be not safe for elderly persons 572 57(10.0) 216 45(20.8) < 0.001
Influenza vaccine is recommended for persons with chronic disease 570 454(79.6) 216 115(53.2) < 0.001
Influenza vaccine helps protect persons with chronic disease against influenza 570 463(81.2) 215 120(55.8) < 0.001
Influenza can be not safe for persons with chronic diseases 571 58(10.2) 215 40(18.6) 0.001
influenza vaccine is recommended annually for elderly persons with chronic disease 572 378(66.1) 216 115(53.2) 0.001
  1. aStatements about influenza concern only participants who had knowledge about influenza while statements about influenza concern only participants who know that there exist a vaccine
  2. bThe number of responses for each statement among participants that indicated a willingness to receive influenza vaccine
  3. cThe number of responses for each statement among participants that indicated unwillingness to receive influenza vaccine
  4. d“strongly agree” and “agree” were gathered in “agree” while “strongly disagree”, “disagree”, “neutral” and I don’t know” were gathered together in “other attitude”