Just where do flu shots occur?

By: June 17th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Next to a doctor’s office, the most frequent place to receive seasonal flu shots in the U.S. was in retail establishments such as supermarkets and drug stores, according to the CDC.

The H1N1 pandemic created new partnerships among public health agencies, healthcare facilities, and nonmedical settings in providing access to influenza immunization, and Place of Influenza Vaccination Among Adults — United States, 2010–11 Influenza Season, in the June 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), provides “a baseline for places where adults received influenza vaccination since the new ACIP recommendation and to help vaccination providers plan for the 2011-2012 influenza season.”

Among all demographic groups, a doctor’s office was the most common place to receive flu shots, 39.8%, during the 2010-2011 influenza season. Stores, 18.4%, and workplaces, 17.4%, were the next most common settings.

Another finding was that the percentage of vaccinations in nonmedical settings increased with education level, according to the report.

Understanding where people receive flu shots can help identify new partners and strategies for effective influenza immunization programs, the report concludes.

Comments

By Bruce Cunha on June 21st, 2011 at 10:29 am

I would have been concerned if Dr’s offices were not number one, but since in our area stores like Walgrens get their vaccine before the doctors offices do, I surprizes me that this area was that much lower.

 

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