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SANTOS, Beatriz Regina Lara dos et al. Immunization status and relation with quality of life, functionality and motivation for self-care in the elderly. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2009, vol.12, n.4, pp.533-540. ISSN 1415-790X.

This study aimed to identify the immunization status of the elderly in relation to the influenza, diphtheria-tetanus and pneumococcal polysaccharide 23-valent vaccines, relating status to demographic aspects, quality of life, level of functionality and motivation for self-care. The study had a sample of 509 individuals. The mean age was 70.30 years and the female gender prevailed. The immunization status was: influenza- 76.4%; diphtheria-tetanus- 73.9%; and pneumococcal polysaccharide 23-valent - 6.7%. No significant difference was found in the relation between the prevalence of vaccination and gender, but there was a considerable difference between the groups who had or had not received the diphtheria-tetanus vaccine and some areas of Quality of Life. The results also showed a significant difference in terms of functional independence between the group that received and the group that did not receive the pneumococcal polysaccharide 23-valent vaccine.

Keywords : Health of the Elderly; Immunization; Quality of Life.

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