HPU Poll: Majority of N.C. Adults Haven’t Had Flu Shot

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 2, 2018 – A High Point University Poll finds that about 4 out of 10 North Carolina adults say they have had a flu shot in the last 12 months, and a majority of those same North Carolina residents say that people have less healthy eating habits than 20 years ago.

Approximately three-fifths (58 percent) of adults say they have not had a flu shot in the last year. This is not significantly different from the 56 percent who said the same thing in a Fall 2017 HPU Poll.

Just over one quarter (27 percent) of these same respondents say they have seen a health care provider for the flu in the past 12 months. This is, again, similar to the 29 percent of North Carolina adults the HPU Poll found said the same thing in late October and early November of last year.

“It is not too late to get your flu shot,” says Dr. Joy Greene, clinical professor of pharmacy and assistant dean of the HPU School of Pharmacy. “The flu shot provides protection from the influenza virus and will minimize your symptoms, should you get the flu.”

The poll also surveyed North Carolinians on other health and nutrition topics. A majority (56 percent) of North Carolinians polled say that people in the U.S. have less healthy eating habits than 20 years ago, while 23 percent say eating habits are healthier today, and 18 percent say habits are about the same.

This comes despite 47 percent saying they believe people in the U.S. pay more attention to eating healthy food today than 20 years ago, while 26 percent say they believe Americans are paying less attention to eating healthy food. 

Just over two-thirds (68 percent) of North Carolina residents say that both the total amount of food people eat and the types of food people eat in the U.S. today are big problems. Meanwhile, 23 percent said the types of foods people eat not being healthy enough is the bigger problem. Only 6 percent say the total amount of food people eat is the bigger problem.

North Carolinians also agree on some keys to long and healthy lives. More than 4 out of 5 (83 percent) of these North Carolina residents say that healthy eating habits are very important to improving a person’s chances of a long and healthy life. Slightly smaller fractions of North Carolinians say that getting enough physical exercise (79 percent) and safe and healthy housing conditions (68 percent) are very important for improving your chances of a long and healthy life. Just less than half (47 percent) say that genetics and hereditary factors are very important for a long and healthy life.  

 

All adults – Health care providers and flu (Late February 2018)

Now I have some questions about health and other topics. Have you seen a health care provider for the flu in the past 12 months, or not?

Yes – 27 percent

No – 73 percent

Don’t know/refused – less than 1 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Feb. 19-25, 2018, n = 513 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

All adults – People who have had a flu shot (Late February 2018)

Have you had a flu shot within the past 12 months?

Yes – 42 percent

No – 58 percent

Don’t know/refuse – less than 1 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Feb. 19-25, 2018, n = 513 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

All adults – Eating habits compared to 20 years ago (Late February 2018)

Compared with 20 years ago, do you think the eating habits of people in the U.S. are…

More today – 23 percent

Less healthy today – 56 percent

About the same – 18 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 3 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Feb. 19-25, 2018, n = 513 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

All adults – Attention to food compared to 20 years ago (Late February 2018)

Compared with 20 years ago, do you think people in the U.S. pay…

More attention to eating healthy food today – 47 percent

Less attention to eating healthy food today – 26 percent

About the same – 24 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 3 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Feb. 19-25, 2018, n = 513 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

All adults – Bigger problem: too much food or not enough healthy food (Late February 2018)

Which of these do you think is a bigger problem in the U.S. today…

The total amount of food people eat is too much – 6 percent

The types of food that people eat are not healthy enough – 23 percent

Both are equally big problems today – 68 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 3 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Feb. 19-25, 2018, n = 513 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

All adults – Very important for a long and healthy life (Late February 2018)

How important, if at all, do you think each of the following are when it comes to improving a person’s chances of a long and healthy life? (PRESENTED IN RANDOMIZED ORDER)

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