HPU poll: Most North Carolinians have not received a seasonal flu vaccine this year

HIGH POINT, NC November 14, 2022 – In the latest High Point University poll, 40% of North Carolinians said they had received a flu shot. Most North Carolinians (56%) said they did not receive a seasonal flu vaccine this year.

Of those who have not received the flu shot this year, only about a quarter (24%) said they intend to get the flu shot. A majority (62%) of unvaccinated North Carolinians said they do not intend to get vaccinated against the flu this year.

“The flu vaccine is the most important measure you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from the complications of the flu,” said Dr. Jordan Smith, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. “Early results this year suggest the vaccine is a good match for circulating influenza viruses. In North Carolina, influenza activity is currently very high, and clinics, emergency centers, and hospital emergency rooms are treating many patients. Getting the flu shot is the best preventive measure you can take.”

The HPU survey found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of North Carolina residents over the age of 65 said they had received a flu shot, compared with less than 40% of younger North Carolina residents.

All adults – flu shot (November 2022)

Did you get the seasonal influenza vaccine this year?

Yes – 40%

No – 56%

Unsure – 3%

All Adults – Influenza Vaccine Intent (November 2022)

Do you intend to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine this year? [ASKED OF THE 601 WHO SAID NO TO RECEIVING THE FLU VACCINE THIS YEAR]

Yes – 24%

No – 62%

Unsure – 14%

The most recent HPU survey of 1,009 North Carolina residents was conducted by High Point University Survey Research Center October 19-26 as an online survey using a panel of respondents recruited and maintained by Dynata. Dynata sent out invitations to its panel of NC respondents and the SRC collected responses on its Qualtrics platform. The SRC performed all data analysis. The online sample is from a panel of respondents and their participation does not conform to the usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classical sampling error margin to the results. In this case, the SRC reports a confidence interval of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, around a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.0 percentage points), and a design effect of 1.1 (based on weighting ) to be taken into account. Data is weighted using population estimates for age, sex, race/ethnicity, and education based on US Census numbers for North Carolina. Factors such as question formulation and other methodological choices in conducting surveys can introduce additional errors into opinion poll results.

Additional results and methodological details of the latest survey and previous surveys can be found on the Survey Research Center website. The online materials include previous press releases as well as memos summarizing the results (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

The HPU survey reports methodological details in accordance with AAPOR Transparency Initiative standards, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a charter member of the initiative. More information can be found here.

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dr Martin Kifer, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, serves as Director of the HPU Survey and Brian McDonald is Deputy Director of the HPU Survey.