by The Welthi Bureau | 09 NOV 2017
Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) citing immunisation as one of the most powerful and cost-effective interventions in public health1, a new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI and sponsored by GSK finds that 68 percent of adults are not up-to-date with the vaccines recommended for them.
Findings from the Vaccinate for Life survey of over 6,002 adults across Brazil, India, United States, Germany and Italy found that:
15 percent of adults believe that vaccinations are only recommended for children and/or babies with 21 percent thinking they are only needed for travel purposes.
Just over 3 in 10 adults report not having had any of the vaccines potentially relevant to them within the past five years
60 percent of adults say they have not received information provided by the government on the importance of adult vaccinations.
Prioritisation of other health services: 53 percent of adults surveyed agree that although achieving a healthy lifestyle is important, they are more likely to prioritise other health services over vaccination.
Question 11B not asked in Brazil
GSK today announced the findings from the ‘Vaccinate for Life’ survey carried out between the dates of July 6th to September 14th whereby 2,002 adults across 6 cities in India were surveyed (Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai). The survey was aimed at ascertaining the awareness and attitudes towards vaccination throughout life among adults aged 18 years and over.
Highlights of the survey in India are as below:
While 42% of adults ranked staying in good physical health as the primary priority to them in life, staying up-to-date with vaccinations is typically less important compared with other ways of staying healthy such as eating healthily, keeping active and not smoking, particularly among males.
The majority of adults surveyed in India believe that although vaccines are an effective way to prevent serious illness, however:
a. 34% believe them only to be required for travel purposes
b. 38% believe vaccinations are for children and/or babies only
c. 26% believe vaccinations are not required if one is fit and healthy
d. 19% believe vaccinations are for the older population only
43% of the adults surveyed consider themselves to be not very/not at all knowledgeable about adult vaccines
Almost half (49%) of adults are most likely to turn to HCPs for advice on vaccinations over any other source of information
Of those adults who have not consulted an HCP about adult vaccines in the past year, the key barriers are trust in their HCP to inform them of relevant vaccines combined with a lack of conversation with their HCP on the need to vaccinate throughout adulthood (75% of adults agreeing). Between 45% and 50% of adults listed Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and the HPV vaccine as most relevant to the 18-64 years’ audience
a. Awareness of other vaccines which may be relevant is relatively low
b. 31% of adults surveyed have not received any vaccination in the past five years
Adults value a range of information sources in helping them to understand record and track the vaccinations which are relevant to them → online tools, booklets and text messaging being the most useful
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