Diabetic patients ought to be immunised against respiratory illness, in keeping with health officers. The aim of this study was to work out respiratory illness vaccination intentions and actual uptake among diabetic patients in China.

Between November 2016 and January 2017, 1960 diabetic patients were encouraged to take part in an influenza vaccine study focused on a health confidence model (HBM). A follow-up survey was performed to gather vaccine records for the 2016–2017 season in order to correlate vaccination purpose to action. Logistic regressions were used to test predictors of influenza vaccine motivation.

Intentions to be immunised against respiratory illness were registered by forty six.13 % of participants, and 7.84 % of these World Health Organization were truly immunised. Whereas all HBM constructs were correlated with intentions in variable models, immunogen uptake was absolutely related to age, increasing comorbidity, free vaccination, and vaccination history, whereas increasing financial gain and perceptions of barriers were negative predictors.

Multipronged strategies are needed to boost diabetic patients’ influenza vaccination and close the intention-behavior gap, to increase vaccination intention by supporting HCW’s advice to improve attitudes about influenza vaccination, and to encourage a follow-through on initial intentions.

Reference: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21645515.2020.1761201