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Table 1 Responses by Pediatricians Surveyed in Maryland to a Questionnaire Regarding Attitudes Regarding Influenza Immunization Practices

From: A survey of pediatricians' attitudes regarding influenza immunization in children

Demographics of respondents  
   Median age of practitioners, y (range) 48 (25–91)
   Sex, %  
Men 50.3
Women 49.7
Size and location of practice  
   Location, %  
Suburban 54.1
Urban 37.2
Rural 6.0
Combination 2.7
   Practice size, n  
Median (range) 6000 (30–80,000)
Mean 8797
   VFC-eligible children in practices, %  
Median (range) 20 (0–100)
Mean 32
Influenza immunization practices  
   Patients in at-risk categories immunized with influenza vaccine, %  
Children aged 6–23 mo 75
Children aged 24–59 mo 50
Children at high risk 80
Household contacts of at-risk individuals 45
   When and where immunization occurs, %  
Regular visits 98.8
Sick visits 74.6
Special infkuenza immunization clinics 72.2
   Availability of callback system, % 39.8
   Vaccine types used, %  
Thimerosal-free inactivated, median (range) 50 (0–100)
Thimerosal-containing inactivated, median (range) 50 (0–100)
Live attenuated nasal spray, median (range) 5 (0–100)
   How much more burdensome would it be to ask if the parent or a provider ever noted wheezing or asthma in the child (5-point scale; 1 = not at all and 5 = very), %  
1 54.2
2 26.0
3 11.3
4 5.1
5 3.4
Profitability of influenza immunization  
   How profitable is influenza immunization of children?, %  
Cost neutral 46.5
Produces a loss 14.5
Minimally profitable 36.6
   What would improve profitability?, %  
Better reimbursement 56.5
Better payment for vaccine administration 13.7
Less costly vaccine 8.7
All other responses 21.1
Participation in school-based immunization programs  
   Would you support a school-based immunization program?, % 85.7
   Would you participate in a school immunization program?, % 60.8
   What would persuade you to participate?, %  
Financial remuneration 57.5
Civic involvement 53.1
Source of new patients 22.9
Nothing 22.3
   How might you participate?, %  
Off-site consultation 69.5
On-site supervision 52.5
Both on-site and off-site 38.4