To describe rate and determinants of influenza vaccination among Canadian youths.
We conducted an analysis of cross-sectional data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) cycle 3.1 collected by Statistics Canada in 2005. This is a population-based survey collecting information pertaining to the Canadian population health status, health care utilization and health determinants. The CCHS 3.1 included 12,170 respondents age 12-17 years old who answered questions pertaining to influenza vaccination. We used multivariate logistic regression to estimate the odds of having received the influenza vaccination in the last 12 months, adjusting for potential confounders.
Less than a quarter of Canadian youth reported receiving the influenza vaccination in the previous year. The most common reason for not getting the vaccination was "did not think it was necessary" (40.82%). Having chronic illness, and being an immigrant was significantly associated with a higher odds of receiving the influenza vaccination, while having an allergy and increasing frequency of alcohol drinking was associated with lower odds of receiving influenza vaccination. Smoking status acted as an effect modifier for many variables except for immigration status.
Influenza vaccination rate in Canadian youths is low. Judgement values on its necessity are a major factor in the decision to receive influenza vaccination. Strategies to involve youths in influenza vaccination programs and campaigns will be essential to achieve better national coverage.