Thirty-four percent of parents say that their child is unlikely to receive a flu vaccine this year, according to a survey by the C.S.Mott Children's Hospital in Michigan.
(NEW YORK) – Last year's flu season was one of the deadliest that the US has seen in decades. But while this year's flu season is already underway, a third of parents say that their children do not get a flu shot, according to a recent survey. Thirty-four percent of parents said that their child would probably not get the flu vaccine this year, according to a survey by CS Mott Children's Hospital in Michigan.
Parents who did not want the vaccine for their children were seven times more likely to source sources of doubt or do not want the vaccine. According to the survey, these parents often based their decision on comments from family members or close friends, other parents, Internet sites, comments from their childrens healthcare providers and educational books or magazines.
information. Some of these sources may provide accurate information, while others may contain incorrect information, such as: For example, the assumption that influenza vaccines cause the flu, that influenza is not a serious disease, or that healthy children do not have serious consequences of influenza, "the survey said.
The nationally representative survey was based on responses from 1
According to the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases, 185 children died of flu season 2018. Eighty percent of them received no flu shot.
In the flu season last year, an estimated 900,000 people were hospitalized with the flu and, according to the CDC, more than 80,000 people died. Although life-threatening complications are more likely to occur in some individuals, such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, anyone can get the flu.
The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months receive the vaccine at the end of October, so that the body has time before the flu season reaches a peak to build an immune response. However, the vaccine can still benefit those who received it later than in October.
Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.