Sumary of Public Health Watch: 2020 Flu Vaccine Uptake Shows Some Public Health Messaging Takes Hold:
- In what sadly could be called an exception to the rule, it appears Americans took the urgings of the nation’s public health leadership to heart and got vaccinated against influenza for the 2020-21 winter season.
- “CDC works each year to eliminate barriers to vaccination and increase the number of people who receive a flu vaccine.
- Efforts include targeted outreach to raise awareness about the importance of flu vaccination, such as engaging in public awareness campaigns, and collaborating with community-based organizations so that their leaders can be the trusted messengers of flu vaccination messages.
- ”An example of the agency’s outreach efforts includes a special campaign with the Ad Council and American Medical Association that urges Americans to get their annual flu shot, according to Castro Roman.
- This was, of course, in the period immediately before COVID-19 vaccines were cleared for use and there were concerns over circulation of both viruses posing a “diagnostic challenge.
- ”However, as we’ve seen with the COVID-19 vaccination efforts, not everyone pays attention to public health messaging from federal officials, with Fauci, sadly, too often at the center of controversy.
- Still, for the 11 jurisdictions included in this CDC analysis, there were nearly 16.9 million influenza vaccine doses distributed between September and December 2020, compared with an average of 15.5 million for these same regions during the same weeks in 2018 and 2019. The biggest increases were seen in adults (14.6% for ages 18 to 49 years;