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Influenza immunization in the elderly: knowledge and attitudes do not explain physician behavior.

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The records of 847 elderly clinic patients were reviewed and the 95 primary care physicians who managed their care were surveyed to determine factors related to their ordering of influenza immunization. Overall, 41 percent of the eligible patients were offered vaccine (range 0-90 percent). Physician offering of vaccine was unrelated to patient age, sex, or race but was higher in patients seen on multiple visits (47 vs 39 percent) and in those vaccinated during the prior year (61 vs 35 percent). Physician offering of vaccine was not associated with perceived incidence of severe side effects or estimates of vaccine efficacy.

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