A recent survey organized by the National Public Radio service has shown that flu vaccination is still shunned by Americans, to the dismay of doctors across the US.
Out of the 3.000 male and female adults surveyed by this study, 64% are opting to pass on the flu vaccine, with almost half of them fearing complications that might arise after the shot. This paranoia has no basis in medical science, mainly due to the lack of secondary effects this shot has on healthy subjects. People who have allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine can opt to take variations of it in order to combat the flu.
The other half of the 64% of people in question simply do not think they will get sick at all during this flu season, even if statistics may prove otherwise. Because of the general knowledge of flu being an illness that comes and goes, with nothing more than a running nose and some mild coughs as its side effects, people are opting to simply drink tea or take other medication instead of getting vaccinated.
This fact makes doctors urge people to take the shot even if they are usually healthy through this cold season, because complications arising from flu are not a rare as one might think. It can lead to several other diseases, and even if it doesn’t, a healthy carrier of the disease presenting only mild symptoms like sneezing could easily infect other vulnerable people who are prone to falling victims to other more severe illnesses.
In order to circumvent this problem, or at least alleviate it, the CDC has launched a campaign that wishes to bring awareness concerning the influenza virus which causes the flu to the general masses. Most of those who simply don’t feel the need to take the shot are only differentiate by those who opt for it by age. The highest percentage of vaccinated people come from the age group of 65 years and older, mainly due to their advanced age and the fear of side effects which may arise from having a cold, while on the other hand, adults ranging from 21 to 45 years simply do not care.
Even the car delivery company Uber has showed interest in bringing the vaccine to the masses, because one of the biggest reasons why people might choose to not get vaccinated is ease of access and commodity. By bringing the vaccine straight to their homes through the UberHealth program, they hoped to make people more aware than they usually are, or at least improve the numbers of vaccinated people.
Because flu vaccination is still shunned by Americans, without being connected to education or income reasons, the awareness concerning the influenza virus along with the illness which it causes needs to be given to the public on a much wider scale. People need to understand that even if it may seem like something without any importance, cold can become a serious problem in those which are easily prone to complications.