Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
First Committee Member
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The purpose of this study was to determine what variables influence elderly persons to obtain the recommended annual influenza immunization. The Health Belief Model provided the hypotheses that were tested in the comparative descriptive design study. The convenience sample (N = 339) consisted of two groups: those who received the influenza vaccination (n = 267) and those who did not receive the vaccination (n = 72). The questionnaire was designed from the Health Belief Model for influenza immunization. The five predictor variables: susceptibility, perceived severity and threat, perceived benefits and barriers, were significantly related to the outcome of receiving influenza immunization. Log regression found an 88% correct groupings. The findings support the Health Belief Model as predictive for the older person's outcome for influenza immunization. Further research should include longitudinal studies to compare year to year influenza immunization results to validate that the findings hold over time.
Elderly; Factors; Immunizations; Influence; Influenza; Receive
Nursing; Public health; Gerontology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Ferebee, Lynn Marie, "Factors that influence why elderly receive influenza immunizations" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1197.