Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, May 4th, 2004
The researchers, who observed 243 patients in doctors' offices in San Diego, Rochester, New York, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, found that 38% left without a shot. The study suggested that each doctor have at least four staff people, that a staff person should inquire about immunizations before the exam began, and that the doctor spend at least 10 minutes with the patient and ask about a flu shot during the exam.
When all four elements were in place, more than 90% of the...
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