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Consumer Reports Flu Poll: Approximately Three Out of 10 Health Care Workers 'Living in a Bubble,' Not Getting Flu Vaccine
Date:10/14/2010

this year's vaccine cited the following factors that might influence their plans this year:
  • Advice from their health-care provider (73 percent)
  • Reports about outbreaks in the community (62 percent)
  • Guidelines or warnings from local or state health departments and/or federal agencies such as the Surgeon General or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (57 percent).
  • On a positive note, 58 percent of parents had their children vaccinated for seasonal flu last year, compared to only 41 percent in 2008.  
  • More good news: the majority of Americans (66 percent) told Consumer Reports Health that last year the swine shot and/or nasal vaccine was administered at no charge.  And, in another sign that cost is not an impediment for Americans, only a small number (12 percent) cited cost as a reason for not getting the seasonal flu shot last year.      

  • Poll Methodology

    A total of 1,500 adults ages 18 and older were recruited via random digit dialing by Princeton Survey Research International. The margin of error is +/-2.9 percent.  

    OCTOBER 2010

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