New Study Shows Proactive Doctors Can Dramatically Increase Flu Vaccination Rates

Date: March 16, 2017

Results from a recent study at Rutgers revealed that patients were three times more likely to receive a flu vaccination when their doctors scheduled the appointment for them, compared to when patients were invited to book the appointment themselves at a later time. The proactive task of pre-booking patients to come in for their annual flu vaccination can have a positive impact on influenza immunization statistics, resulting in more individuals protecting themselves against the flu.

This rise in immunization rates could substantially benefit young children and adults over the age of 65, the two groups most susceptible to complications from the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 71 percent and 85 percent of flu-related deaths have occurred among people 65 years of age and older. In children under the age of 5, CDC estimates that since 2010, annual flu-related hospitalizations ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 in the United States.

Now is an opportune time to begin to educate patients early in the year about the benefits of receiving a flu vaccination, and to pre-book their appointments so they are prepared and protected before the 2017-18 flu season hits later this year.

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