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Why Some Will Get Flu Vaccine -- and Why Some Won't

65% of Moms Say Their Kids Will Get Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine Myths continued...

Americans have some other misconceptions about the flu vaccine:

  • 62% of adults think the flu vaccine protects against only one flu strain (Fact: It protects against three strains -- type B flu, type A H1N1 flu, and type A H3N2 flu).
  • 34% of adults think hand washing works just as well as vaccination.
  • 43% of adults don't know that grownups under age 50 can get the nasal mist vaccine instead of the flu shot.

The survey of mothers, conducted Aug. 12-25 among a national sample of 505 mothers of children ages 6 months to 18 years, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It was fielded by Opinion Research Corporation.

The survey of doctors, conducted in September among 101 pediatricians and 300 primary care physicians, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points. It was fielded by Sermo Inc.

The adult survey, conducted Aug. 27-30 in 1,010 adult men and women age 18 and older, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. It was fielded by Opinion Research Corporation.

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