In addition, vaccination rates in the general US population were disappointingly low last year; they were highest in children aged 6 to 23 months, the CDC said. - From Medscape
Improving access to vaccination at healthcare sites — and making it mandatory — usually increased vaccine uptake, two experts at the press briefing said.
"It's a shot, and even grown-ups don't like shots," she said, adding, "Healthcare professionals actually have needle phobia just like the general population does." But healthcare providers need to get on board, said William Schaffner, MD, the NFID's medical director, and professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.
"It's been shown over and over again that a strong provider recommendation is the most important element for an individual to get a flu vaccine," Dr Neuzil told Medscape Medical News.
"That means that the healthcare practitioner has to believe in that flu vaccine." The CDC got an estimate of vaccination coverage for the 2016-2017 influenza season by commissioning an online survey of almost 2500 healthcare providers by Abt Associates Inc between March 28 and April 19, 2017.
The good news is that 76.3% of those aged 6 to 23 months were vaccinated, exceeding the federal "Healthy People 2020" goal of 70%.