THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Millennials are less likely to have had a flu shot this season and are more likely than other American adults to agree with some false anti-vaccination information, according to a new nationwide survey.
The results also showed that nearly one-third of adults polled don’t plan to get a flu shot and many underestimate how deadly flu can be.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)-commissioned survey of U.S. adults aged 25 to 73 found that 51% haven’t had a flu shot this season, and 32% don’t plan to get one.
When asked a series of factual questions about the flu, 82% answered at least one wrong, and 28% got all of them wrong.
“It is very alarming to see how people are being influenced by the anti-vax movement,” Dr. Alexa Mieses, a family physician in Durham, N.C., said in an AAFP news release.
Millennials — the nation’s largest demographic group, ages 24 to 39 — were least likely to have had a flu shot this season (55%), according to the survey. Of those, 33% don’t plan to get one. Continue.