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Flu shot rates in clinics drop as day progresses, but nudges help give them a boost

Primary care clinics experienced a significant decline in influenza vaccinations as the day progressed, researchers from Penn Medicine report in a new study published in JAMA Open Network. However, ‘nudging’ clinical staff to order vaccines using a behavioral economics technique known as ‘active choice’ may help curb some of that drop off, the study suggests. The study is the first to show how clinic appointment times can influence influenza vaccination rates.

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