The vaccination status of German adults needs improvement. Low participation is also known in health screening programmes like the "Check up 35" which is offered every two years for adults aged 35 or above. However, the number of participants in health screening increases with age whereas vaccination status decreases. Within a study about patients' attitudes towards prevention in primary care, we investigated the knowledge about the vaccination status. Therefore, an anonymous survey was conducted among 333 patients from five general practices in 2007. 76% of the potential participants in health screening declared that they utilise it at least infrequently. In contrast to those who participate frequently in health screening (67%), those who participate infrequently (38%) or never (33%) but declare that their vaccination status is complete are significantly rare. Due to the results of our study it has to be discussed whether the health screening "Check up 35" should be regularly accompanied with vaccination counselling.
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