GRENADA, West Indies, Jan. 29, 2015 /CNW/ -- More than 92% of doctors and public health specialists responding to the third "One World, One Health, One Medicine" poll from St. George's University recommend that their patients get a flu vaccine, agreeing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations and believe it will give them a better chance of fighting off the flu this year.
The international University recently polled its alumni from the School of Medicine in response to a spate of recent news reports on this year's flu vaccine and its reported ineffectiveness. Only 7% of those polled felt that the flu vaccine would not be effective against the strains of influenza circulating this year.
Here are the results:
- Almost 85% of doctors said that they urge their family to get a flu vaccine as "the best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get vaccinated."
- More than 53% of doctors said that their employer required them to get vaccinated during the flu season.
- Almost 39% of doctors said that as a medical professional they get vaccinated during the flu season although their employer does not require it.
- More than 54% of doctors said that their patients expect them to "practice what they preach" and get a flu shot.
About St. George's University
St. George's University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University's over 14,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.
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