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NFID Surveys Find Gaps in Communication about Flu Between Healthcare Professionals and Patients with Chronic Health Conditions

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BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — New survey data from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) show that while nearly 100 percent of healthcare professionals (HCPs) say they recommend flu vaccines to their patients with chronic health conditions at least some of the time, only 45 percent of US adults with chronic health conditions say they were vaccinated against influenza (flu) by early November 2021. Annual flu vaccination is especially important for those with certain chronic health conditions. During National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5-11), NFID urges everyone age six months and older to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and get vaccinated against flu annually. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) urges everyone age 6 months and older to get an annual influenza vaccine. “Even when their condition is well-controlled, people with heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes are at increased risk for serious flu-related complications including hospitalization and death,” said NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD. “In fact, during recent flu seasons, 9 out of 10 people hospitalized with flu had at least one underlying health condition. Healthcare professionals need to strongly and consistently recommend flu vaccination to this […]

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