Health officials say there is a growing trend among Indian doctors to opt for vaccines, in part because of cost.
But they also say that there are other reasons, too, including concerns about the spread of the flu and the lack of adequate vaccine supply.
“In India, we have been seeing more and more cases of flu and it’s becoming more and the spread is spreading more,” Dr. Satyendra Prasad, chief medical officer of the Delhi-based Indian Association of Medical Colleges, told the Times of Indian.
He added that some doctors are opting for flu vaccines because of the availability of cheaper flu shots.
But a growing number of doctors in India are also opting to use flu shots, according to the latest data available.
The data from the Indian National Institute of Medical Sciences (INM) shows that in the period from March to September this year, the number of flu vaccinations performed by Indian doctors rose by 7.3 percent, the highest increase among the 34 countries analyzed.
But the number performing the flu shots increased by just 2.4 percent, according the data.
The number of vaccinations performed in the preceding months rose by only 0.4 percentage points.
The figures were published in the Indian Medical Journal.
Dr. Prasampak Srivastava, a professor at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, said that it was the first time that the number vaccinated in India had risen in a year.
“There is no doubt that it is because of a shortage of flu shots,” he said.
“The supply of the vaccines in India is very low.
In India, you cannot get a flu shot from a doctor, so it’s more and less convenient to get the flu vaccine from a pharmacist.”
Dr. Srivatham Mukherjee, a physician at a government hospital in south Delhi, said the rise in flu vaccination was part of a larger trend.
“This is an issue because of people not having enough medicine,” he told The Times.
“They are looking for alternatives.”
Dr Srivak said he was worried about the rising number of cases in India and the increase in the number who were unvaccinated.
“It is very scary to see so many cases of influenza and so many people are dying of it,” he added.
“We need a vaccine.”
The Indian National Center for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) said the country’s health system has not kept up with the needs of people, and the government needs to step up efforts to improve the system.
“Our system is broken,” Dr Sivaprasad said.
He pointed to a lack of medical personnel to provide necessary health care and to take care of people who have pneumonia and influenza.
He also said there were some doctors who were not vaccinating because they did not believe they needed to.
Dr Mukherji said that the situation in India was worsening and that more people needed to be vaccinated.
“When I was in college, there was a shortage, so I got vaccinated and now the situation is even worse,” he pointed out.
“I need vaccines and I need more doctors to take them.”
Dr Mukheji said he believes that there were several factors behind the rise of flu cases.
“A lot of people are not vaccinated.
There are a lot of poor quality vaccines in some states.
There is a shortage in the supply of medicines.
Many of us don’t trust the medical establishment,” he explained.