Fewer plan to get the flu shot this year

Fewer plan to get the flu shot this year

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Wayne, Mich., Fire Chief Mel Moore, left, receives the H1N1 vaccine from Kate Guzman at the Wayne County Department of Public Health, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. The county administered the vaccine to first responders. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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KMOV.com

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 16 at 9:15 PM

(KMOV) – Doctors are concerned that fewer families will get vaccinated for Influenza this year, which is a big switch from last year, when fear of the H1N1 virus had patients lining up for their flu shot.

Sources say only 37 of those surveyed plan to get the flu shot this year.

This information comes despite a new recommendation from the Centers from Disease Control that says everyone older than six months of age should get a flu shot.

Some parents say they plan to hold off on a shot.

"We just never have. I've never gotten them. I've never had the flu, also. So I don't think there's a need for it," says Latresa Parker, parent.

 

"There's a lot of anti-vaccine sentiment out there, and some people make that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Storch of St. Louis Children's Hospital. “I hope people realize that when they get immunized, not only do they protect themselves, but they help protect other people, too."

 

Historically, the flu season begins in the winter and peaks in February. The CDC says more than 250,000 Americans were hospitalized for the flu last year.

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