Medical professionals are insistent that the flu shot is crucial for their patients – then why do only 40 percent of doctors get the shot themselves?
That is the question posed in an ABC News report, which points out that physicians and nurses who encourage a behavior in patients should set a good example by taking their own advice.
Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that approximately four in 10 healthcare professionals received an influenza vaccination during the 2006-07 flu season.
"If a [person] is not ready to take the vaccine themselves, they are not ready to become an advocate for the vaccine among patients," Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt Medical School told the news provider, commenting on the findings.
He called the statistics "abysmal" and suggested that these professionals were not meeting their "professional and ethical responsibility."
Flu shots have attracted controversy for a variety of reasons, including those who question whether or not they are actually effective.
In 2007, research published in the Lancet suggested that figures regarding the number of deaths which the shots have prevented have actually been overestimated.