Most Adults Nix Flu Shots But Rates Up for Children, Pregnant Women

September 19, 2014 5:33 PM

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Most Adults Nix Flu Shots But Rates Up for Children, Pregnant Women

Fewer than 40 percent of healthy adults get flu shots even though more people were hospitalized during the last influenza season than at any time since the 2009 pandemic, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases announced Thursday morning.

In all, 46 percent of the U.S. population 6 months old and older was vaccinated during the 2013-2014 season, up one percentage point from the year before. Rates were highest among children younger than 5 years old, at 70 percent, and among adults older than 65, at 65 percent.

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