Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

Health Services Research & Development

Go to the ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

HSR&D Citation Abstract

Search | Search by Center | Search by Source | Keywords in Title

Factors Associated With H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Receipt in a High-Risk Population During the 2009-2010 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic.

Lavela SL, Goldstein B, Etingen B, Miskevics S, Weaver FM. Factors Associated With H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Receipt in a High-Risk Population During the 2009-2010 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic. Topics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. 2012 Jan 1; 18(4):306-14.

Dimensions for VA is a web-based tool available to VA staff that enables detailed searches of published research and research projects.

If you have VA-Intranet access, click here for more information vaww.hsrd.research.va.gov/dimensions/

VA staff not currently on the VA network can access Dimensions by registering for an account using their VA email address.
   Search Dimensions for VA for this citation
* Don't have VA-internal network access or a VA email address? Try searching the free-to-the-public version of Dimensions



Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) are at high risk for respiratory complications from influenza. During pandemic situations, where resources may be scarce, uncertainties may arise in veterans with SCI/D. OBJECTIVE: To describe concerns, knowledge, and perceptions of information received during the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic and to examine variables associated with H1N1 vaccine receipt. METHODS: In August 2010, a cross-sectional survey was mailed to a national sample of veterans with traumatic and nontraumatic SCI/D. RESULTS: During the pandemic, 58% of veterans with SCI/D received the H1N1 vaccine. Less than two-thirds of non-H1N1 vaccine recipients indicated intentions to get the next season's influenza vaccine. Being = 50 years of age and depressed were significantly associated with higher odds of H1N1 vaccination. Being worried about vaccine side effects was associated with lower odds of H1N1 receipt. Compared to individuals who reported receiving an adequate amount of information about the pandemic, those who received too little information had significantly lower odds of receiving the H1N1 vaccine. Those who received accurate/clear information (vs confusing/conflicting) had 2 times greater odds of H1N1 vaccine receipt. CONCLUSIONS: H1N1 influenza vaccination was low in veterans with SCI/D. Of H1N1 vaccine nonrecipients, only 63% intend to get a seasonal vaccine next season. Providing an adequate amount of accurate and clear information is vital during uncertain times, as was demonstrated by the positive associations with H1N1 vaccination. Information-sharing efforts are needed, so that carry-over effects from the pandemic do not avert future healthy infection prevention behaviors.





Questions about the HSR&D website? Email the Web Team.

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.