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CVS/pharmacy Survey Reveals Consumer Misconceptions Standing in the Way of Getting a Flu Shot
Date:10/18/2011

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent CVS/pharmacy survey shows that while consumers are concerned about picking up germs, they are not doing all they can to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu, including receiving an annual flu shot as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The CDC recommends that anyone ages 6 months or older should get a flu shot, including those who were vaccinated last flu season. Despite this recommendation, 42 percent of respondents are not planning on getting a flu shot this year.

Everyday preventive actions such as hand washing can stop the spread of germs, yet are not always practiced. Although nearly all respondents (99 percent) said they almost always wash their hands after using a restroom, only 70 percent do so after blowing their nose. Seventy-six percent of respondents have gone to work with cold- or flu-like symptoms.

"It's always important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, and avoid contact with those who are sick, but the number one thing you can do to prevent the flu is get a flu shot," said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services, CVS/pharmacy.

Misinformation about flu shots may contribute to the number of people who do not get vaccinated.  The CVS/pharmacy survey revealed the following misconceptions:

  • Half of respondents (49 percent) think flu shots are mainly for children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic conditions, despite the CDC's recommendation that everyone ages 6 months and over should get an annual flu shot.
  • 35% believe flu shots can give people the flu, which is not true because the viruses used in the flu shot are inactivated.
  • 25% do not think flu shots work ver
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