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Table 4 Knowledge about influenza and vaccination from 2001 to 2006 (%)

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

  Agree Disagree DK
You can catch influenza even if you are vaccinated against it 77.1 18.5 4.4
If you catch influenza after having had the vaccine, the infection is less severe 65.3 26.0 8.7
The side effects associated with the vaccine (fever, headache, etc.) are acceptable 59.0 28.9 12.1
It is important to get the influenza vaccine each year 56.1 41.8 2.1
The influenza vaccine is not useful if you are in good health 41.6 55.0 3.4
If you have the vaccine you will not catch influenza 34.4 61.7 3.9
The influenza vaccine will protect me in case of avian influenza/influenza pandemic (2005/06) 27.4 67.0 5.6
  1. DK: Don't know