It is flu season and you cannot walk a block in any direction without a sign offering you a flu shot. Gone is the day that you had to go to your doctor’s office to get a flu vaccine. Now you can get a flu vaccine in your workplace, at a local grocery store or even the State Fair. Health officials are using these non-traditional locations in an effort to promote better access to the vaccine and increase vaccination rates across the board.
According to a recent study published in Preventive Medicine Reports, while the majority of individuals who elect to receive the flu shot in any given year do so in a medical environment, an increasing number of folks are getting it in a non-medical setting. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, looked at self-reported data from several thousands of participants to determine patterns of early-season vaccination in 2012 and 2013. Although for both years medical settings were the most popular setting for receiving the vaccine, the proportion of respondents receiving the vaccine in a medical setting declined from 57.2% in 2012 to 50% in 2013. The percentage of respondents receiving their shot in a retail establishment, such as a pharmacy or supermarket, increased from 18.2% in 2012 to 21.9% in 2013, and the percentage receiving the shot in a mobile clinic such as a workplace, school, community center, or military base, increased from 24.6% in 2012 to 28.1% in 2013. In both years, a greater proportion of elderly (≥ 65 years) were vaccinated in medical settings, compared to non-elderly adults, and adults 18–49 years were more likely than older adults to be vaccinated in a mobile setting.
With all these options, the average person seeking a flu shot has their choice of a multitude of convenient and accessible locations for vaccination that do not require a trip to your doctor’s office. While the vast majority of those who receive this vaccine experience no adverse reaction, adverse reactions to the flu shot do occur. If you think you or someone you know has been injured by a vaccine, compensation for the injury may be available. To find out if you qualify to file a case under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program click here and let the vaccine litigation experts at RawlsMcNelis provide the answers.