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Table 3 Most trusted sources and top reasons for accepting and refusing to receive influenza vaccine

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

Reasons n (%)
Trusted sources for information about influenza vaccine (n = 1120)a
 Doctor 1025(91.5)
 Pharmacist 197(17.6)
 Other healthcare professional 158(14.1)
 Family member 95(8.5)
 Media 33(2.9)
 Internet 0(0.0)
Reasons that may lead to accept influenza vaccination (n = 904)b
 If the doctor recommended the vaccine for me 373(41.1)
 To protect myself against influenza 358(39.6)
 To not contract a severe form of influenza 66(7.3)
 If the vaccine is effective 54(5.9)
 If the vaccine is free or the cost is acceptable 52(5.7)
 Because I have a chronic disease/ because I am an elderly person 47(5.2)
 To protect my family against influenza 40(4.4)
 If I get influenza frequently/ if I contract a severe form of influenza 34(3.8)
 If there is an influenza epidemic 34(3.8)
 To not decompensate my chronic disease 27(2.9)
Reasons that may lead to refuse influenza vaccination (n = 661)b
 Concerns that the vaccine could cause side effects 473(71.5)
 Belief that the vaccine is not effective 224(33.9)
 Belief that a disease like influenza is not dangerous 101(15.3)
 Belief that it is better to suffer the natural disease than to be vaccinated 76(11.5)
 Household member does not authorize me to get the vaccine 43(6.5)
 If Doctor do not recommend to receive the vaccine 40(6.0)
 Financial reasons/ cost of the vaccine 34(5.1)
 Belief that the vaccine could cause influenza 13(1.9)
 Religious reasons 5(0.7)
 Ethical, or moral reasons 1(0.1)
  1. aRespondents indicated “I don’t know” or “No one” answers or skipped the question are not included in Table 3 calculations
  2. bRespondents indicated “I don’t know” or “No reason” answers or skipped the question are not included in Table 3 calculations