The average Australian, with a bachelor’s degree in a field like medicine or law, would be at a disadvantage if they did not have access to an influenza vaccine, according to a new study.
Key points:The study found that one in four Australians have no access to flu vaccine in their areaThe study surveyed 4,000 people across AustraliaWhat it found was the majority of people would struggle to get vaccinated, and only 10 per cent had the time to do soWhat’s more, only four per cent of Australians had at least some flu vaccine, while three-quarters of Australians were still waiting for a vaccine.
Key Points:The survey was conducted from January to April, and it found almost four in 10 Australians would struggle if they didn’t have accessTo get vaccinated:Almost two in three Australians surveyed had at most two doses of influenza vaccine in the past yearWhat it means for the publicHealth experts say a lack of flu vaccination is having a serious impact on the health of Australians.
It is the second national survey on the flu vaccine to show that Australians are still waiting on the vaccine and are being put at risk for serious complications.
The first study found only three in 10 people were vaccinated.
The survey of 4,200 people across the country was conducted by Ipsos-Reid from January 1 to April 3, 2017.
It polled 4,100 Australians aged 18 and over.
The Ipsos survey also found that the proportion of Australians who had at the most two influenza shots in the last 12 months had dropped from 36 per cent to 27 per cent.
The findings come after the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued guidelines to reduce the number of people who need to get a flu vaccine from the current two-dose to one shot every three months.
However, there are concerns over how the latest recommendations are being implemented.
“It is difficult to tell if people are taking the recommended shots or not,” said Dr Andrew Fung, director of infectious diseases at the University of New South Wales.
“People may be more likely to be in situations where they are at risk, but we are seeing that there is a lot of scepticism about the recommendations and we are just not seeing the results yet.”‘
They don’t know what they are getting’In a recent survey, almost two-thirds of Australians reported they were unaware they needed to get flu shots.
Dr Fung said it was clear from the results of the Ipsos research that the current vaccination strategy is not working.
“The key point is people don’t get flu,” he said.
“They don (know) the vaccine is there, but they don’t have the time or information to get one.”
The Ipsotris survey also showed that most people in Australia were still unsure about how to get the flu shot.
One in five Australians (19 per cent) had heard of the flu vaccination, and another 20 per cent did not know about the vaccine.
Another 20 per for each of the three other vaccines.
About three-fifths of people did not even know which vaccine was being offered.
About half of Australians aged between 18 and 44 had no flu vaccination.
Dr Hsu said many people in the population were reluctant to vaccinate themselves.
“We have a lot more people who are getting it because of the stigma associated with it, but many of them are also having to rely on public services and family members to get it,” he explained.
“So the whole population is still struggling to get that flu shot.”
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