According to the CDC, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu in the 2017-2018 season, the deadliest in a decade, and this flu season is on track to be just as severe!
While most Americans understand a flu shot would help protect them and those around them, according to a survey commissioned by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), more than 80% of American adults polled got at least one of the facts about flu vaccines wrong – more than a quarter (28%) got them all wrong.
As reported by the CDC, an estimated 34,200 Americans died from the flu in the 2018-2019 season and this flu season is on track to be one of the most severe seasons we’ve seen in the last decade!
And yet, a recent survey commissioned by the American Academy of Family Physicians is revealing more than half of Americans haven’t gotten a flu shot this season and nearly a third say they don’t plan to get one at all.
Why are folks dodging the flu shot and what are the consequences?
Dr. Kim Yu, a family physician, sets the flu shot record straight, reveals all the dangers associated with not getting vaccinated and helps viewers feel more empowered rolling up their sleeves this season.
“Many Americans vastly underestimate the death toll from the flu shot,” said Dr. Yu. “There are many myths out there about the flu shot. The top reason for not getting a flu shot was that they were going to get sick or they had it last year and don’t need it this year and we need to bust those myths so everyone gets one.”
“Milennials claim that they ‘did not have time to get a flu shot’ and you are most likely to get the flu if you don’t get one,” said Yu.
Some of the findings include:
- More than half of Americans still haven’t gotten a flu shot this season and nearly a third (32%) of adults don’t plan on getting one.
- The most common reasons are believing they don’t need it (27%), thinking they’ll get sick from it (21%), forgetting about it (16%) and simply not having time (15%).
- More than 3 in 4 Americans (77%) vastly underestimated the death toll of the flu last year with 29% putting the death toll at between 100-1000.