Daily Brief: 2017.3.31


Flu Vaccine Study

A new study, published in the journal, Vaccine, has revealed that mothers would choose to vaccinate their child against the flu if there was a recommendation from a health care provider (HCP), an HCP was seen in the past year, positive attitude about the vaccine were present, and being of a minority race were all.
(Sources: CIDRAPVaccine)

The study, conducted by researchers from Indiana University, analyzed data from an online survey of 2,363 mothers of kids 9 to 13 years old. Of the mothers questioned, 59% obtained flu vaccine for their children in the previous year, citing two main reasons: "preventing their child from getting the flu" followed by "It's routine, I always have my child vaccinated against the seasonal flu.” Nearly 30% of mothers who did not get the flu shot for their child said it was because they did not think the vaccine worked, and 23.3% said they believed the vaccine could harm their child.
(Sources: VaccineCIDRAP)

According to the research article, seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in 2014–2015 were 62% for 5–12 year olds, dropping to 47% for 13–17 year olds. The Healthy People 2020 goal for these age groups is 80%.
(Source: Vaccine)


  1. As shown by the article, providers are encouraged to continue to promote flu vaccine as the current best way to protect against the virus. (Source: CDC)
  2. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions such as staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing.
  3. Readers are encouraged to visit the MESH Flu Watch sitefor local and national updates on flu activity. 
    (Sources: CDCWHO)