Efforts To Move The Needle On Flu Shot Rates Get Stuck

November 21, 2019, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz - It’s free and available everywhere. Yet most Americans skip the annual flu shot with the number of dispensed vaccines barely changed in the past decade, despite government removal of cost and access obstacles.“We are kind of spinning our wheels trying to reach a larger portion of the population,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.Public health officials recommend that nearly all people get the flu shot. The 2010 Affordable Care Act required all insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs for plan members for the vaccinations and, in the past few years, all states allowed pharmacists to administer the shots, which have made them available in drugstores, grocery chains and big-box stores.

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