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NFID Finds Mid-Season Flu Immunization Rates Too Low

Jan 06, 2009

A new survey of approximately 4,000 American adults reveals that fewer than one-third (29.6 percent) have been vaccinated against the flu this season. Healthcare workers, including EMS personnel, are among the population considered at high risk.

A new survey of approximately 4,000 American adults reveals that fewer than one-third (29.6 percent) have been vaccinated against the flu this season. The survey is the first of its kind to measure self-reported influenza vaccination rates during a current flu season.  The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) released the results to coincide with the CDC’s recent National Influenza Vaccination Week.  By mid-season, fewer than one-third of adults polled had been vaccinated (29.6 percent), and more than half (54 percent) report having no intention of being vaccinated this season.  The NFID reports that it is not too late to become vaccinated, as influenza activity usually peaks in February.  Healthcare workers, including EMS personnel, are among the population considered at high risk and recommended to receive annual influenza vaccination. Click here to obtain more information on the NFID survey.