Do You Routinely Recommend the Flu Vaccine to Your Patients?

January 03, 2018

The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be a rough one. Influenza activity has increased since early November, and clinicians should treat flu patients with antivirals quickly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, the World Health Organization has warned that current approaches to seasonal influenza vaccine development have left the United States relatively defenseless against the influenza A (H3N2) strain now making its way over from the Southern hemisphere.

To further complicate matters, myths persist, and their believers are hesitant to get vaccinated against influenza, if not downright and adamantly opposed to it. A recent Medscape survey found that the flu vaccine was one of the most often refused or requested on an alternated schedule by patients, with nearly 40% opting to skip it or put it off.

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