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Despite the deadly 2017 flu season, more than 40 percent of adults do not plan to receive a flu shot this year



A survey by NORC at the University of Chicago found that over 40 percent of American adults have not yet shot their flu and are not planning to.

The survey found that 41 percent of adults did not plan vaccination despite the record death toll last year.

Obviously, most were worried about the side effects of the shot, while others did not think it worked very well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that those who have received flu vaccines in the last two seasons have lost 40 percent of the chance of getting the flu.

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The Nurse Kathy Nguyen nurse wears a mask when she encounters flu patients at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California. USA, busy 18, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade from Vista, California, for influenza when his friend Mayra Mora visits the emergency room at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, USA. January 18, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade from Vista, California, for flu in the emergency room at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, USA, January 18, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

Doug Hasselo, 87 in Carlsbad, California, is being assisted by swimming nurse Nellie Reyes at the emergency department of the Palomar Medical Center in Esc ondido, California, USA, treated for flu on January 18, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

Joshua Lagade of Vista, California Ornia receives an infusion from Nurse Christine Bauer's emergency room at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, USA, January 18, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

The Nurse of the Emergency Room Richard Horner wearing a mask while dealing with Gromapatients in Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, USA, January 18, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

A doctor holds an injection as part of the start of the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign in Nice, France, 24 October 2017. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

Influenza vaccine will be on 24 October 2017 in Nice (France) at the beginning of the seasonal influenza vaccine campaign. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PORTLAND, ME – DECEMBER 29: Troy Ali, October 21 Portland receives flu shot on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, from Anissa Millette, a member of Greater Portland Health's medical department, at the clinic in Franklin Towers on Cumberland Ave. (Staff photo of Carl D. Walsh / Portland Press Herald on Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANU ARY 22: Fluvirin influenza vaccine vials appear on January 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California, at a Walgreens Phramazie presents. Heavy exposure to H3N2 influenza has claimed the lives of 74 Californians under the age of 65 since the flu season began last October. People are encouraged to receive flu vaccines, although the vaccine was only 30% effective in controlling influenza. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 22: A signboard advertising flu shots will be displayed on January 22, 2018 in Walgreens, San Francisco, California. Heavy exposure to H3N2 influenza has claimed the lives of 74 Californians under the age of 65 since the flu season began last October. People are encouraged to receive flu vaccines, although the vaccine was only 30% effective in controlling influenza. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)




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In 2017, the flu virus killed 80,000 people, including 180 children, making it the deadliest flu season in decades.

The survey also found that 39 percent of parents of children under the age of 18 do not have their children vaccinated.


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