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Beliefs Discourage Flu Vaccinations

January 3, 2001

Influenza vaccinations for people over 65 years of age are a cost-effective, lifesaving intervention, according to numerous studies. Yet many of the elderly do not get vaccinations. Why?

  • Annual flu vaccinations reduce flu deaths in the elderly by more than 50 percent.
  • According to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 20 percent of nearly 500 elderly low-income people said they worry about vaccine ingredients and are less likely to get the shot because of their concern.
  • More than one-third of elderly Americans may be avoiding flu shots out of fear, say researchers.

Source: "Beliefs Are Barriers to Flu Immunization," A Better Life, USA Today, January 2, 2001.


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