The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Nurses can help improve vaccination rates: Study


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - More elderly and at-risk adults get their flu and pneumonia vaccinations when the shots are coordinated and given by nurses instead of doctors, according to a North American study.

Researchers, whose results appeared in the Annals of Family Medicine, said that the change was linked to a 44 per cent increase in patients' chances of getting a flu shot and a more than doubling of their likelihood of getting vaccinated against pneumonia.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all adults and children get the flu shot every year.

Adults older than 65 and those with certain chronic conditions are supposed to get the so-called pneumococcal vaccine, as are young children.