Most of us don't worry about catching the flu from other people, but we incorrectly fear getting the bug from the influenza vaccine. That's the word from a new survey that was released last week by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. NFID discovered many misconceptions about flu shots - which are supposed to be abundant this year. The government estimates that more than 110 million doses will be distributed nationwide. If you want a shot, call your doctor first to see if he or she has any in stock. No luck? Then visit this website and punch in your zipcode for a list of local retail stores that will be offering flu-shot clinics. Read on for more about the survey.
The NFID asked people a bunch of questions about the flu vaccine. Here's a rundown of some of the findings from the foundation's website:
- Less than half of survey respondents (48%) plan to be immunized against influenza this year. Why don't people plan to get a shot? Most said they don't think infleunza is serious enough to warrant vaccination. Others don't think they'll catch it or spread it. Others said they got the flu even after getting vaccinated in previous years. Some think they don't need to be vaccinated because they've had a shot previously.
- Nearly half (46%) of survey participants incorrectly believe the influenza vaccine can cause influenza. Annual vaccination is the safest and most effective way of preventing influenza infection.
- Thirty percent think annual influenza immunization is not worth receiving because the vaccine only protects against three strains of the virus.
- More than half of those who plan to be immunized this season (53%) acknowledged learning about the value of immunization the hard way. They now make annual vaccination a priority after suffering from influenza and its severe symptoms during a previous season.
- Not as many respondents were aware of new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that all children from 6 months up to 5 years of age should be vaccinated each year (68%), in comparison to knowledge of the previous CDC recommendation for all children 6-23 months of age (73%).
- In addition, less than half of the survey respondents (49%) thought that pregnant women should especially be vaccinated against influenza every year. The CDC recommends flu vaccination for all women who will be pregnant during flu season.
Despite the main goal of this news, I am glad to see that more than half of participants do not plan to get this vaccine.
Also almost the same amount of responders “INCORRECTLY” believe that vaccine can cause the disease. Noticed the highlighted word? Me too.
Glad to see that America is not lost. As long as people know the truth about vaccines, vaccination and all those side-effects which are written in very small print….