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Medical News and Perspectives
February 8, 2012

Physicians’ Offices Play Key Role in Promoting Vaccination to Adult Patients

JAMA. 2012;307(6):552. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.93

Pharmacies and retail medical clinics increasingly offer some routine immunizations, but a new report says that most adults are vaccinated at physicians' offices. As the leading source of adult immunizations, office-based health professionals may be able to boost low rates of adult vaccinations by following recommendations provided in the report.

“Regardless of where vaccines are actually administered, office-based providers are uniquely positioned to identify patients who need vaccination, to communicate credibly about the benefits and risks of vaccination, and to ensure that vaccination histories are properly maintained,” said Katherine Harris, PhD, the report's lead author and a senior economist at RAND, the nonprofit research organization that published the report (http://tinyurl.com/7xs24n4).

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