In addition, there are still others who, although they want to get the vaccine, are unable to do so due to lack of access to healthcare providers who can administer the vaccine. Many measures have been suggested to help resolve this particular issue. To help parents get their children vaccinated, vaccine clinics associated with school systems can make vaccination at school possible for many districts, making convenience and greater accessibility to preventive care a priority.22 For healthcare workers, multiple employers have made vaccination not only readily available at on-site locations but also have made vaccination a requirement, thus effectively increasing accessibility, convenience, and the number of vaccinations administered to an especially susceptible population.23

In all, with measures such as those discussed in place in their practice and in the community (Table 7), clinicians can hopefully develop a successful strategy aimed at increasing influenza vaccination rates among their patients.

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Allexa Hammond, BA, is a medical student. Maura Holcomb, MD, is a dermatology resident at Baylor College of Medicine.


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