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

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 17, 2019 – The most recent HPU Poll finds that just over half (51%) of North Carolina residents surveyed said they had a flu shot within the past 12 months. The HPU Poll reported a similar finding in February 2019, when 49% 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. About one-third (34%) said they do not plan on getting a flu shot, while 23% said they do plan on getting a flu shot this year, but have not yet done so. Almost 39% indicated they have already received the flu vaccination this year.

Of poll respondents with children under the age of 18, about two-thirds (63%) indicated they will have their children vaccinated against the flu this year, and another one-third (36%) said they will not.

The HPU Poll finds two-thirds (66%) of North Carolinians said they have not seen a health care provider for the flu in the past 12 months. This is close to the 70% of North Carolina residents who said the same thing in February 2019.

“Getting a flu shot is the easiest and best way to prevent flu and its complications in you and your loved ones,” says Dr. Jordan Smith, assistant professor of clinical sciences in HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. “It is also the best way for you to help those with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer or other long-term illnesses. Cases of flu are increasing as we go forward into the season, but it’s not too late to get vaccinated.”

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

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

Yes – 30%

No – 66%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 4%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Nov. 1 – 7, 2019, n = 1049 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

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

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

Yes – 51%

No – 46%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 3%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Nov. 1 – 7, 2019, n = 1049 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

All adults – Flu shot plans (November 2019)

Do you plan on getting a flu shot this year? 

Yes, but have not gotten it yet – 23%

Yes, have already gotten it – 39%

No – 34%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 4%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Nov. 1 – 7, 2019, n = 1049 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

All adults – Have children under 18 (November 2019)

Do you have any children under the age of 18?

Yes – 31%

No – 67%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 2%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Nov.1 – 7, 2019, n = 1049 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

All adults – Children vaccinated (November 2019)

Will you have your children vaccinated against the flu this year?

Yes – 63%

No – 36%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 1%

*asked of 321 respondents with children under the age of 18

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, subsample with children under age 18, surveyed Nov. 1 – 7, 2019, n = 321 and credibility interval of +/- 6.6%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Nov. 1 – 7, 2019 and an online survey fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 1049 adults interviewed online (801 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (248 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 3.6 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.2 (based on the weighting). For the item offered only to people with children under 18, the credibility interval is recalculated. The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity, 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/2019/12/68memoD.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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