Influenza vaccination coverages among Spanish children, adults and health care workers

Infection. 2006 Jun;34(3):135-41. doi: 10.1007/s15010-006-5627-1.


Background: This study aimed at describing influenza vaccination coverage among Spanish children, adults and health care workers (HCWs).

Patients and methods: We analyzed 27,791 questionnaires on subjects aged 6 months or over, drawn from the 2003 Spanish National Health Survey. As the dependent variable, we took the answer to the question, "Did you (or your child) have a flu shot in the last campaign?". Independent variables were age group, gender, nationality, occupation (HCWs) and coexistence of chronic conditions.

Results: Overall influenza vaccination coverage for the total sample was 19.58%. Coverage for the pediatric population was 5.55%, with 20.74% of those with and 4.67% of those without chronic condition being vaccinated. Vaccination coverages were: 63.7% among subjects aged > or = 65 years; 30.5% among high-risk subjects aged < 65 years; and 19.65% among HCWs.

Conclusions: We conclude that the available results show low levels of influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk subjects aged under 65 years, children in particular, and HCWs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Influenza Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vaccination / trends


  • Influenza Vaccines