Make a difference by being a vaccine insister

When a patient is diagnosed with a chronic disease, like diabetes or hypertension, physicians don’t merely suggest medications to lower blood sugar or blood pressure – they insist that patients take medications to protect their health. However, the recommendation to get an annual influenza (flu) shot to prevent flu is often not as emphatic. Research has shown that patients are much more likely to get a flu shot when it is offered or recommended by a health care professional. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), an annual event created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a great time for health care professionals to highlight the importance of annual flu ...

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