Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2012 , Vol 15, Issue 4
Hasan Hüseyin POLAT1, Selma ÖNCEL2, Özge TURHAN3, Arzu AKCAN2, Kadriye ERAVŞAR2, Ata Nevzat YALÇIN3
1Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı SİVAS
2Akdeniz Üniversitesi Sağlık Yüksekokulu Hemşirelik Bölümü ANTALYA
3Akdeniz Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı ANTALYA
Introduction: Influenza is a health threat to the elderly as it may lead to serious complications. Studies demonstrated that influenza vaccination is safe and effective in preventing and controlling infection among the elderly. The aim of the study was to determine the vaccination status against influenza in the over 65 year-old age group in Antalya.

Materials and Method: A total of 2383 individuals were surveyed during the 2005-2006 influenza season in Antalya, a city in the south of Turkey. The survey form included 14 questions about influenza vaccine.

Results: Of the study sample, 55.7% were aware of the influenza vaccine. However, it was determined that only 15.0% had received an influenza vaccine.

Conclusion: The study found that rate of influenza vaccination was low among adults aged sixty-five and over in Antalya. Physicians need to recommend the influenza vaccine especially to the elderly and public awareness should be increased. Influenza vaccine should be covered by health insurance. Keywords : Influenza Vaccines; Influenza, Human; Aged; Immunization