Promote more public outreach about benefits of vaccines

Monday, June 11, 2018

Regarding the article "Guests at ‘hotel influenza’ will help test flu shot" (June 6):

The "hotel influenza" study could significantly advance research into the development of a universal flu vaccine and improve the effectiveness of vaccines.

The question is whether Americans recognize the value of vaccines in keeping diseases at bay. More than half of respondents (53 percent) in a survey commissioned by Research!America and the American Society for Microbiology say they did not get the flu vaccine during the last flu season. Among those who said no, 48 percent said they do not trust the flu vaccine, 40 percent said they do not feel they need it to prevent the flu and 26 percent said the flu vaccine is not effective and therefore not worth getting.

Greater public outreach about the lifesaving benefits of vaccines by scientists and public health officials will encourage more individuals to participate in innovative, groundbreaking studies.

"Promote more public outreach about benefits of vaccines" by Suzanne Ffolkes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 11, 2018).

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