the purpose of this study?
This study is designed to help researchers better understand why some
adults choose not toget vaccinated for
preventable diseases. The data collected from households like yours will
help us to understand if certain groups of the population have lower
vaccination rates thanothers. Health care
agencies will use this data to ensure that resources are allocatedaccordingly. Local, state and federal health care agencies will
use the information collectedto improve
vaccination rates among adults (in your area). Return to Top
Who uses this
The National Center for Health Statistics and the National Center for
Immunization andRespiratory Diseases (both
agencies are part of the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention) will use the results of the study to improve the health
and well-being of adults.Through monitoring of
this information, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are ableto assess whether immunization goals are being reached. No personal
identifiers fromsurvey participants will be
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telephone numbers selected?
Numbers are selected in one of two ways. A computerscientifically selects some telephone
numbers and others were included as a result of recent participation in the
Interview Survey. Regardless of how a number is included, each is selected
to representthe community, and since one cannot
replace another, input is key to our success. Return to Top
Is there a
letter that explains the study?
Most households selected for the study receive a letter in advance that
explains the purposeof the study. This letter is
from Dr. Edward J. Sondik, Director of the National Center for
Health Statistics. Not all selected households receive a letter in advance,
however, becausethe study does not have the
mailing address for all telephone numbers selected for thestudy. You may view the letter or contact the study's telephone
surveyresearchers at 1-800-993-0495 to have a
letter sent to your home or to ask us questions about the survey. Return to Top
What is the
legal authorization for the study?
The study, which is conducted on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control andPrevention, is authorized by the
Public Health Service Act [Sections 306 & 2102(a)(7)]. Youmay call our toll-free number 1-800-223-8118 to verify the legitimacy
of this survey andobtain more information. Please
mention protocol #2006-04. Return to Top
is confidentiality of information assured?
Confidentiality is mandated by law. Findings will be issued only in summary
form and U.S.law requires that the name of study
participants not be associated with any answers.
Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information is punishable by fines
ranging from$5,000 to $50,000 and could result in
imprisonment for up to 5 years. Also, a section of theNCHS Staff Manual onConfidentiality
further explains the prohibitions against disclosure ofconfidential information. Return to Top