TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Rite Aid-NFID survey suggests most U.S. women not up-to-date on vaccinations

Rite Aid and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently conducted a survey that suggests most U.S. adult women do not believe they are up to date on their vaccinations.

The phone survey of 1,000 randomly selected U.S. adult women ages 26 to 74, conducted Sept. 2 to Sept. 20 by international polling firm Ipsos, found that 70 percent of participants reported receiving just one vaccination – generally flu and tetanus vaccines – in the last five years. When asked about inoculations against other diseases, most women said they were not up to date.

“At a time when vaccine-preventable diseases like flu, shingles, whooping cough and measles are highly visible in the media around the country, this survey supports what we, as community pharmacists, already knew — that there is clearly a need to educate consumers and raise awareness about the importance of vaccinations” Robert Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy, said. “Our new immunization assessment tool puts important resources such as vaccine recommendations, information about vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization records right at the fingertips of consumers, helping them make important health care decisions for themselves and their families now and in the future.”

In light of the survey results, Rite Aid announced the launch of Vaccine Central, a multi-faceted online platform designed to help raise awareness about vaccines and promote vaccinations.

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