More than 40 percent of American adults have not received a flu shot this year and don’t plan to do so, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
The survey from NORC at the University of Chicago found that, as of mid-November, 41 percent of adults said they haven’t been vaccinated have no plans to change that, despite last season’s record-high death toll.
Among adults who said they don’t plan to get vaccinated, most were concerned about side effects and getting the flu from the vaccination. Others believed that the flu vaccines don’t work very well or that they were unlikely to get sick from the flu.
Public health officials at the federal level have pleaded with the public to get vaccinated this year after the virus killed 80,000 people last year, making 2017 the deadliest flu season in decades.
Read more at The Hill.