Majority of Americans have not yet received their influenza vaccines

HealthDay reports that just “39.7 percent of adults and 42 percent of children had received their flu shots, according to a telephone survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” figures “comparable with vaccination rates last year at this time, the CDC reported.”

Unfortunately, “some people are thinking about skipping this year’s flu shot, based on reports that the vaccine could provide only partial protection against what has been the predominant influenza strain this season, doctors said.”

However, CDC says, “Some protection is better than no protection.” Why? The Baltimore Sun reports that health officials are “warning that this winter could become a severe flu season,” and “are urging the public to get inoculated for flu.”

In a statement, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “It’s too early to say for sure that this will be a severe flu season, but Americans should be prepared.”

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