In a poll administered by CS Mott Children’s Hospital, 34% of parents in the United States said their children were unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, reports CNN.
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The online poll, which was administered in October, looked at 1,977 parents who had at least one child, whether parents would get their children the flu vaccine and their reasoning, among other things. Of parents polled, 48% said they usually followed the recommendations of their child’s healthcare provider when making choices about the flu vaccine. However, 21% of those surveyed did not remember their health care provider making a recommendation about their child receiving the flu shot.
“To me, the biggest takeaway is that there is a group of parents who look like they have a gap in expert guidance around whether kids should get flu vaccines, specifically whether their kid should get flu vaccine,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.