Two-thirds of Quebeckers did not get a flu shot last year
MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - One month after hosting Quebec's
first public vaccination clinic in downtown Montreal, which welcomed
over 500 people during business hours at Place Ville-Marie, the Quebec
Lung Association (QLA) is reminding Quebecers to make time for their
flu shot. According to a survey conducted by Léger Marketing between
September 6 and September 8 of this year, 66% percent of Quebeckers did
not get their flu shot last year.
"During the month of November two years ago, approximately 1.5 million
Canadians missed work due to the flu. This is a highly contagious
respiratory infection that results in 20,000 hospitalizations every
year," said Dr. Gaston Ostiguy, Montreal Chest Institute respirologist
and vice-president of the Quebec Lung Association. "Even if you are not
worried about your own health, think about your family, friends and
colleagues, particularly children and seniors, who may be vulnerable to
the serious complications of the flu."
The Léger Marketing survey also revealed that:
20% of Canadians are apprehensive about getting injected with a needle.
22% of Quebeckers expressed interest in a paid concierge service to make
it easier for them to get vaccinated against the flu.
Over 30% of Canadians said they would be more likely to get the flu
vaccine if the needle was smaller and thinner.
"The Léger Marketing survey is in line with what we saw at our public
vaccination clinic in Montreal," said Dominique Massie, Executive
Director of the Quebec Lung Association. "We wanted to see if busy
people would take the time to get vaccinated if we made it easy for
them and if we offered a vaccine with a smaller, thinner needle that
was less scary. The answer is yes. Demand for vaccinations was high and
our own survey results showed that 62% of people who were vaccinated
last year preferred the experience with the smaller, thinner needle.
About 80% of respondents gave the experience a 10 out of 10."
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently
recommended the intradermal flu vaccine INTANZA® used at the QLA
vaccination clinic in October.
About the Léger Marketing Survey
A web survey was conducted between September 6 and 8, 2011 among a
representative sample of 1,510 English or French speaking Canadians, 18
years of age and older. Using data from Statistics Canada, the results
were weighted according to gender, age, province, language spoken at
home, education and whether or not minor children are present in the
household to ensure a sample representative of the entire population
About the Quebec Lung Association
Founded in 1938, the Quebec Lung Association is the only non-profit
organization that promotes respiratory health and prevention of
pulmonary disease through research, education and services. The
Association helps and defends the rights of individuals who suffer from
a pulmonary disease as well as the Quebec population as a whole.
SOURCE Association pulmonaire du Québec
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