Despite longstanding advice that people over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against influenza, more than half of healthcare professionals (HCPs) opt out unless they’re required to get a shot by their employers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 75% of HCPs got a flu shot in preparation for the 2016-2017 flu season—but in clinics and other settings where vaccination was not “required, promoted, or offered on site,” only 46% of HCPs followed through with getting a shot. Where flu shots were required, or facilities provided flu shots on site, compliance rose to 97%. The CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices arrived at the data through an opt-in internet survey of 2,348 HCPs.
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