Everybody knows that an influenza vaccine can provide protection as well as stop the spread of flu-related diseases. However, a new survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) revealed that 43 percent of Americans do not intend to avail of flu shots this year.
Another survey involving similar respondents revealed that 1/3 of mothers in the United States does not have plans to get flu vaccines for them as well as for their children. Health experts believe that such decisions could have an impact in the future. According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director for the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, getting vaccinated is still the best protection from illness in the light of people getting sick, getting hospitalized, and dying from influenza on a yearly basis.
In a press conference, CDC’s Influenza Division Deputy Director Dr. Daniel Jernigan bared that over 119 million doses of flu vaccines have already been distributed throughout the country, 30 million greater than the number of vaccines distributed at this time the previous year.
Aside from that, New York University’s Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Siegel said that children are not immune from the flu virus so their only protection from contracting the disease is through vaccination. This is also a way to keep them from spreading flu to others.
The NFID survey also revealed that 77 percent of Americans plan to get shots because they are aware of new recommendations for getting shots and they believe that they are effective.
From the 43 percent of Americans who are not planning to have shots this year, misconceptions about getting vaccines were the main reasons for not getting one. 71 percent had the wrong assumption that there are other measures for protecting oneself from flu and 69 percent believe that they are in tip top shape and getting flu is not a cause of concern for them.
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