The Role of Social Networks in Influenza Vaccine Attitudes and Intentions Among College Students in the Southeastern United States
Journal of Adolescent Health, 05/17/2012
Nyhan B et al. – Perceptions of flu vaccine attitudes among health discussants were strongly related to vaccination intent and beliefs about flu vaccine safety among survey respondents.
Ordered logistic regression analysis was conducted of data collected from 1,019 undergraduates at a large public university in 2009 and 2010.
Having health discussion networks that support vaccination is a significant predictor of beliefs of H1N1 vaccine safety (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 2.31) and intention (aOR = 1.86) in 2009 and of influenza vaccine safety (aOR = 1.86) and intention (aOR = 1.80) in 2010.
These relationships are strongest among parents, friends, and spouses.
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