"I saw that data too when it came out and I just kind of shook my head," commented Sterling Rasone, Jr, MD, Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The data he refers to come from a survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Disease that found 50% of US adults plan not to get vaccinated against influenza for the 2022-2023 flu season. The reasons will be all too familiar to primary care clinicians--I don't get the flu; the flu shot doesn't work; I got the shot last January; the shot makes me sick.
Ransone recently talked with Patient Care® about the American appetite for more vaccines--of any kind. He says clinicians and patients are tired this year--of COVID, of vaccine talk, of booster campaigns, and patients are all but finished with preventive measures. It is all worrisome to him for many reasons. He highlights several of those in the conversation here.
Sterling Ransone, Jr, MD, is board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a clinical assistant professor of medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is the physician practice director at Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice in Deltaville, VA.