12 Mar 2014

Nova Scotians More Likely Than Other Atlantic Canadians to Get the Flu Shot

HALIFAX:  Nova Scotia residents are more likely to have had a flu shot compared with others in Atlantic Canada, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Over four in ten (43%) Atlantic Canadians received the flu shot this season. Across the provinces, one-half of Nova Scotians (52%) report getting the flu shot in the last six months followed by Prince Edward Island (42%), New Brunswick (39%), and Newfoundland and Labrador (33%).  Across demographics, women are more likely than men to get the flu shot, as are those aged 55 years or older.

According to Statistics Canada, approximately one-third of Canadians receive the flu shot each year although demand appears to be higher this season.

“The presence of the H1N1 virus in the region may have prompted more people to get the flu shot this year,” according to Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 1502 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from February 6 to March 2, 2014, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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