Clinical Trends for October 2017

Ryan Syrek

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October 27, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (September 30 – October 6): Flu Vaccine 2017

The reason this week’s top search term experienced a surge in popularity is obvious, as concerns about seasonal influenza typically accompany the transition from summer to fall. A recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that vaccination rates among healthcare workers has flattened over the last few years. Although 78.6% of respondents were vaccinated in the 2016-2017 season, that percentage is similar to those reported in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016. This past season, physicians had the highest rate of vaccination (96%), with nurses and pharmacists (93%) and nurse practitioners and physician assistants (92%) close behind. However, only 74% of nonclinical healthcare staff and 69% of assistants and aides reported vaccination. Searches for this year’s flu vaccine information are likely to remain popular, as physicians and other healthcare workers prepare to protect themselves and to make the best recommendations to their patients.

For more information on influenza, read here.

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