I just did two days of flu shot clinics run by the local health department. I figure I shot between 120 to 150 arms (and one leg) those two days. The turnout was okay, but it could have been better. Our provincial government is making the flu shot available to everyone this year, not just the high risks. So there's a real push to get people immunized. Problem is, not many people are going for it. Last year there was a study that showed that only about 30% of health care professionals in the local hospitals were immunized against the flu. That's pretty dismal statistics and they are hoping to improve it. At work (I work in a pediatrician's office) I called all of our high risk patients (about 200 of them)and invited them to come to the office for the flu shots. Just under half have taken advantage of it. My next step is to nab our primaries.
What's happening in your neck of the woods? Are they immunizing against the flu there yet? Is there a push to have it done? Have you had yours yet? (I have, three weeks ago)
I think this is a very important nursing issue. What are your feelings on the flu shot?