Half of Americans still skip yearly flu vaccine

September 19, 2014 1:01 AM

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While a yearly flu immunization is recommended for everyone over age six months, fewer than half of Americans received a flu shot last year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said during a Thursday press briefing that he sees it as a “half glass empty” scenario, suggesting that doctors and public health officials could do a better job of convincing consumers to get the vaccine — or more likely, making it convenient for them to do so.

I purposely scheduled my sons’ yearly well visits with their doctor for next month to ensure they get their jab since last year I forgot to, despite my best intentions.

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