Americans who have heeded the advice of healthcare providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get a flu shot are in the minority so far this season. Only 40% of patients have been immunized according to the CDC, leaving the majority at risk of both getting the flu and of passing it along to others. Many people aged 50–64 years are among those most at risk, as they’re just starting to age into conditions that make them vulnerable to dire outcomes, often without realizing it. Flu vaccination among healthcare providers is higher—though at 69% there is still room for improvement. Stress to patients and your staff that getting a flu shot helps protect patients and loved ones, not just themselves, and that you’re able to give them one at any time.
CDC Says Flu Vaccination Rates Are Lagging