June 11, 2009

The Social Life of Health Information

How to stay healthy on a trip overseas

12% of internet users look online for information about how to stay healthy on a trip overseas.

Just 12% of internet users, or 9% of adults, look online for information about how to stay healthy on a trip overseas, such as through immunizations and shots. This is the first survey in which the Pew Internet Project has asked this question, so there is no comparative data for previous years.

There are, however, distinct demographic groups that are particularly likely to look up information about staying healthy during travel overseas. For one, young adults (18-29 years old) are significantly more likely than adults aged 30 and older to search online for health information about overseas travel. Some 18% of young adults have looked for this information, while just 11% of 30-49 year olds, 10% of 50-64 year olds and 6% of adults 65 and older have done so.

In addition, adults of higher socio-economic status are significantly more likely than adults with lower education and income levels to look online for information about staying healthy on an overseas trip. These groups are probably more likely to be able to afford overseas travel. Some 18% of college graduates and 17% of adults in households making $75,000 or more a year have looked into health information related to travel. Adults with less than a full college education and those in households making less than $75,000 a year are significantly less likely to look for information about how to stay healthy on a trip overseas.

Staying healthy on a trip overseas