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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