American Medical News reports:

One statistic — 42% — has become a rallying cry for flu vaccine advocates. It quantifies the number of health professionals, including physicians, who get the annual shot. Public health experts say there are far too few.

Flu vaccine uptake for this population has improved since 1981, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first recommended the immunization for all health care workers. But in the last decade, coverage has hit a plateau — with fewer than half consistently rolling up their sleeves.

This reality has become a serious call to action. It’s echoed by numerous health care organizations, including the American Medical Association, which have recommended that health professionals step up and get immunized.

This reminds me: I need to get my flu shot.