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In Ireland, influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for adults aged 65 years and over and for those with chronic illness or immunosuppression. Influenza vaccine is recommended for healthcare workers (HCWs) and residents of long stay care facilities. Influenza vaccine uptake is only available for those aged 65 years and over. We conducted a survey to estimate the size of risk groups between 18 and 64 years of age, influenza and pneumococcal vaccine uptake in this group, and to determine possible factors influencing vaccine uptake to improve targeted immunisation programmes. Among respondents aged 18-64 years, 136 of 1,218 (11%) belonged to a health risk group; uptake of influenza and pneumococcal vaccine in these risk groups was 28% (95% CI: 20.9-35.4) and 11% (95% CI: 6.7-17.2) respectively. Uptake among persons aged over 65 years was 69% (95% CI: 62.2-74.4) and 41% (95% CI: 35.0-47.9) for influenza and pneumococcal vaccine, respectively. Influenza vaccine uptake among HCWs was 20% (95% CI: 13.1-28.7). Half (47.6%) of influenza-vaccinated respondents reported that their family doctor had recommended it; 60% of non-vaccinated respondents, for whom influenza vaccine was indicated, saw themselves at low risk of influenza.


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