Surveying a nationally representative internet-based panel to obtain timely estimates of influenza vaccination rates

Vaccine. 2009 Feb 5;27(6):815-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.11.052. Epub 2008 Dec 6.


We studied the feasibility of using an internet-based panel survey to obtain timely and accurate population-based data on influenza vaccination. We surveyed a nationally representative sample of US adults (n=3043) via the internet about use of influenza vaccination during the 2007-8 influenza vaccination season. We compared the internet-based rates to those from the 2004 and 2008 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS). The internet-based rates were comparable to those from the NHIS and were obtained in less than six weeks following the end of influenza vaccination season. We conclude that an internet-based approach can yield accurate estimates of end-of-season influenza vaccination rates in time to support improved management of the subsequent season.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Influenza Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Internet*
  • Middle Aged
  • United States
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult


  • Influenza Vaccines