HPU Poll: Half of North Carolina Residents Report Getting a Flu Shot

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 20, 2019 – The most recent HPU Poll finds that about half (49 percent) of North Carolinian residents surveyed say they had a flu shot within the past 12 months. The HPU Poll reported a similar finding in fall 2018, when 47 percent said they had a flu shot within the past 12 months.

HPU Poll participants were also asked if they plan on getting a flu shot this year. Forty-one percent say they do not plan on getting a flu shot, while 17 percent say that they do plan on getting a flu shot this year, but have not yet done so. Almost two in five (37 percent) indicated that they have already received the flu vaccination this year.

The HPU Poll finds that more than two-thirds (70 percent) of North Carolinians say they have not seen a health care provider for the flu in the past 12 months. This is very close to the 72 percent of North Carolina residents who said the same thing in October 2018.

“This data is in line with reports from the CDC that roughly 42 percent of adult North Carolinians received their flu vaccine in the 2017-2018 season,” says Dr. Jordan Smith, an assistant professor of clinical sciences in HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. “It is encouraging that a large portion of the population gets an annual influenza vaccine, but it is apparent that there is work to be done to achieve the goal of a 70 percent immunization rate set forth by the ‘Healthy People 2020’ initiative.”

All adults – Health care providers and flu (February 2019)

Have you seen a health care provider for the flu in the past 12 months, or not?

Yes – 27 percent

No – 70 percent

(Don’t know/Refused) – 3 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed Feb. 4-11, 2019, n = 873 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4 percent)

All adults – Had a flu shot in last year (February 2019)

Have you had a flu shot within the PAST 12 MONTHS?

Yes – 49 percent

No – 49 percent

(Don’t know/Refused) – 2 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed Feb. 4-11, 2019, n = 873 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4 percent)

All adults – Flu shot plans (February 2019)

Do you plan on getting a flu shot this year? 

Yes, but have not gotten it yet – 17 percent

Yes, have already gotten it – 37 percent

No – 41 percent

(Don’t know/Refused) – 6 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed Feb. 4-11, 2019, n = 873 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4 percent)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Feb. 4-11, 2019 and an online survey fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 873 adults interviewed online (594 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (279 respondents). The Survey Research Center contracted with Dynata, formerly Research Now SSI: https://www.dynata.com/ to acquire these samples and fielded the online survey using its Qualtrics platform. This is a combined sample of live phone interviews and online interviews. The online sampling is from a panel of respondents, so their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classical margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points to account for a traditional 95 percent confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.3 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.3 (based on the weighting). The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, race, and education level based on U.S. Census numbers for North Carolina. Factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/files/2019/02/63memoB.pdf.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see

http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.

You can follow the HPU Poll on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter.

Dr. Martin Kifer, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll and Brian McDonald is the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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