High Point University Poll: Majority of N.C. Residents Report Getting a Flu Shot

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 18, 2020 – The most recent High Point University Poll finds that just over half (52%) of North Carolina residents surveyed said they had a flu shot within the past 12 months. The HPU Poll reported a similar finding in November 2019 when 51% 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, and 39% said they do not plan on getting a flu shot. Meanwhile, 19% 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.

The HPU Poll finds about two-thirds (69%) 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 66% of North Carolina residents who said the same thing in November 2019.

“The data is in line with estimates from the CDC that suggest roughly 52% of North Carolinians received their annual influenza vaccine last year,” says Dr. Jordan Smith, assistant professor of clinical sciences in HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. “North Carolina is among the top five states in the country in percentage of people who are vaccinated, and it is greatly ahead of the national vaccination rate of 45%.”

“If these responses hold, North Carolina will again find itself in a good position nationally for vaccine uptake, but there is still substantial room for growth to achieve the goal of 70% immunization set forth by the ‘Healthy People 2020’ initiative,” Smith continues. “It is important to receive the annual influenza vaccine because it has demonstrated efficacy in preventing sickness and death among people who might not be capable of fighting flu well, such as people over the age of 65, people with asthma and pregnant women, among others. Getting a flu shot might save the life of you or a loved one.”

All adults – Health care providers and flu (January/February 2020)

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

Yes – 29%

No – 69%

Don’t know/Refused – 2%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2020, n = 1,100 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

All adults – Had a flu shot in last year (January/February 2020)

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

Yes – 52%

No – 46%

Don’t know/Refused – 2%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2020, n = 1,100 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

All adults – Flu shot plans (January/February 2020)

Do you plan on getting a flu shot this year? 

Yes, but have not gotten it yet – 19%

Yes, have already gotten it – 39%

No – 39%

Don’t know/Refused – 4%

(All adult North Carolina residents phone and online sample, surveyed Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2020, n = 1,100 and credibility interval of +/- 3.6%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, 2020 and an online survey fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 1,100 adults interviewed online (808 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (292 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). 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/2020/02/69memoA.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.

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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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