Most Americans don't plan to get a flu shot this season — lots of them say they'll mask to avoid germs instead – CNBC

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Only 49% of U.S. adults program to get their flu changeable this flu season, according to a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Even 1 successful 5 of those who are astatine higher hazard for influenza-related complications accidental they won’t get vaccinated.

People who are much apt to person terrible outcomes from a flu corruption include those implicit the property of 65, large people, children younger than 5 years old, and individuals with underlying conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We cognize flu vaccination remains the champion mode to support yourself and your household from flu,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, manager of the CDC, during the NFID’s league connected Tuesday.

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Most Americans agree. Nearly 70% judge that getting an yearly flu vaccination is the champion mode to forestall influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations, the NFID found. And yet galore radical stay hesitant to get their vaccine.

Instead, more U.S. adults are gravitating towards masking arsenic a signifier of extortion against the flu. A higher percent of Americans (58%) program to disguise astatine slightest sometimes this flu play than mean to get vaccinated.

Why much Americans are skipping the flu changeable — and what they’re doing instead

Here are immoderate of the apical reasons adults gave for not getting vaccinated this season:

  • 41% deliberation flu shots don’t enactment precise well 
  • 39% are acrophobic about the vaccine’s broadside effects 
  • 28% say they ne’er get the flu 
  • 24% are acrophobic astir getting the flu from the shot 
  • 20% bash not deliberation influenza is simply a superior illness

“With Covid, radical person forgotten astir influenza. This is different superior wintertime respiratory virus, it tin bash atrocious harm to you,” William Schaffner, aesculapian manager of NFID, said astatine the conference. “The cardinal to prevention is vaccination.”

The altered attack this flu play whitethorn beryllium partially owed to the timing of the omicron-specific booster and people’s concerns with getting some the updated Covid booster and the flu shot. Just 32% of U.S. adults are precise assured that it is harmless to person the vaccines astatine the aforesaid time, the survey shows.

The CDC affirms that doing truthful has proven to beryllium safe. Studies of implicit 450,000 radical bespeak that lone mild symptoms are experienced aft receiving the immunizations simultaneously, says Walensky, adding that, “Most of those are resolved truly rather quickly.”

Meanwhile, choosing to get 1 vaccination implicit the different is not a omniscient decision, Walensky warns. It’s utile to summation your body’s defenses against some viruses.

And, she reiterates, bundling them unneurotic is casual arsenic good arsenic safe: “You privation to marque definite you get both, and it’s often much convenient to get them some astatine the aforesaid time.”

Common symptoms aft receiving a Covid vaccine and flu changeable astatine the aforesaid clip typically include:

  • Soreness astatine the injection tract oregon successful the limb wherever the changeable was administered
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

“Flu vaccines work. For much than 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans person safely received their vaccines,” said Patricia Stinchfield, president of NFID. “Why instrumentality the hazard of going unvaccinated?”

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