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Table 3 Ranking of reasons for and against vaccination

From: Trends in influenza vaccination coverage rates in Germany over five seasons from 2001 to 2006

  2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06
Reason for getting vaccinated – rank (%)
Because influenza is a serious illness and I did not want to get it 1 (83) 1 (90) 1 (90) 1 (89) 1 (88)
My family doctor/nurse advised me to do it 2 (66) 2 (72) 3 (70) 2 (73) 2 (68)
So that I do not pass influenza bug to my family and friends 3 (62) 3 (70) 2 (71) 3 (71) 3 (67)
Reasons for not getting vaccinated (among those never vaccinated) – rank (%)
I thought about it, but I did not end up getting vaccinated - 2 (44) 1 (52) 1 (52) 1 (50)
I do not think I am very likely to catch the flu 1 (38) 1 (47) 2 (41) 2 (41) 2 (44)
It is not a serious enough illness 2 (33) 4 (37) 4 (35) 5 (32) 3 (34)
My family doctor has never recommended it to me 4 (30) 5 (37) 3 (36) 3 (36) 4 (33)
My pharmacist has never recommended it to me - 3 (38) 5 (32) 6 (32) 5 (31)
I have never considered it before 3 (30) 6(31) 6 (31) 7 (32) 5 (31)