Associations between vaccination and quality of life among Taiwan general population: A comparison between COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines

Chung-Ying LIN, Chia-Wei FAN, Daniel Kwasi AHORSU, Yu Ching LIN, Hui-Ching WENG, Mark D. GRIFFITHS

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted lives worldwide and has led to global vaccination against COVID-19. However, there are concerns about the adverse effects of such vaccines on individuals’ health. Therefore, it is important to investigate the association between vaccination and holistic health outcome (i.e., quality of life [QoL]). The present study analyzed data from the Taiwan Social Change Survey (TSCS), a survey conducted utilizing stratified random sampling. More specifically, data (N = 1425; 47.44% males; mean age = 50.58 y) on their vaccinations (including COVID-19 and flu vaccines) and QoL (using the Short-Form 12) were used. Participants were separated into two age subgroups for analyses (those aged below 50 y, and those 50 y or above). For participants aged below 50 y, those who received COVID-19 vaccine and those who received both COVID-19 and flu vaccines had significantly better physical QoL than those who did not receive any vaccination. Mental QoL was not significantly associated with vaccinations for participants aged below 50 y. Moreover, neither mental nor physical QoL was significantly associated with vaccinations for those aged 50 y or above. The present study showed that not having COVID-19 and flu vaccinations is associated with poor QoL. This finding should be disseminated to the public to help aid vaccination promotion. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2079344
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Volume18
Issue number5
Early online dateJun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Citation

Lin, C.-Y., Fan, C.-W., Ahorsu, D. K., Lin, Y. C., Weng, H.-C., & Griffiths, M. D. (2022). Associations between vaccination and quality of life among Taiwan general population: A comparison between COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 18(5). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2022.2079344

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Influenza
  • Quality of life
  • Taiwan
  • Vaccine uptake

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