While the coronavirus pandemic wears on and nearly two dozen states see a rise in cases, one-third of parents say they have no plans to have their child vaccinated against the flu this year.
A new National Poll On Children’s Health released Monday by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 32% of parents say their child is unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year. The most common reason for skipping the vaccine: concerns about side effects from the flu shot, 42%, and the belief that the vaccine is unnecessary, 40%, or ineffective, 32%.
Fourteen percent of parents are not vaccinating their children against the flu because they are keeping them away from health care sites due to COVID-19. Among parents whose child did not get the flu vaccine last year, only 28% say their child is likely to get it this year, compared to 96% of parents whose children