Millennials are the least likely generation to get the flu shot and experts think anti-vaxxers are to blame
Millennials are the least likely generation to get a flu shot because they are “too busy” and the majority say they agree with some anti-vaxxer ideas
- A new study showed that 55% of the millennials had no flu shot this year
- Most said it was because they had no time or that they had forgotten to get one
- Researchers believe anti-vaxxers may be to blame, because 60% of millennials say they agree with some anti-vaccination beliefs
Millennials are the least likely generation to get their flu shot because they are influenced by anti-vaxxers, a new survey reveals.
Researchers at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) discovered that more than half of Americans – 55 percent – in the 20 and 30 years did not receive the vaccine for this flu season.
The majority said they had not received the shot because they had no time or had forgotten it.
But the research also showed that the anti-vaccination movement may be to blame for the low number of millennials that are being immunized with nearly two-thirds that they agree with anti-vaccination views.
A new study by the American Academy of Family Physicians found that 61% of the millennials familiar with the anti-vaxx movement stated that they agreed with some of their beliefs (file image)
“It’s very disturbing to see how people are affected by the anti-vax movement,” said Dr. Alexa Mieses, a practicing doctor in Durham, North Carolina, in a statement.
“We need to ensure that … communities are informed about the importance of vaccines and that they understand the source of the rhetoric they hear. It is clear that they are influenced by myths and misinformation, and it is crucial that the facts reach them. “
The research found that 61 percent of the millennials familiar with the anti-vaccination movement say they agree with some of those beliefs
That is much higher than the rate among baby boomers, around 42 percent, suggesting that the younger generation may be more influenced by the anti-vaccination movement.
Many studies have shown that vaccinations – including the flu shot – are safe and do not cause flu.
Both federal and state officials have urged everyone over six months old to get the annual vaccine.
Interestingly, millennials were also one of the most likely to recognize the value of a flu shot.
Seventy-six percent said the shot is effective and 83 percent believe the flu shot helps protect the people around them.
The report showed that many parents are also influenced by incorrect information about the flu vaccine.
Nearly 60 percent of mothers and fathers reporters that their child or children had missed at least one flu shot.
More than 20 percent of parents said they did not want their children to get sick from the flu shot.
Another 13 percent think their children don’t need the injection and 10 percent don’t believe the flu is that serious.
But figures from the Centers for Disease and Control show that around 4,800 people died from the flu in the 2019-2020 flu season.
The number of deaths in children is double what they were at the moment last year, with at least 32 currently compared to 16 in mid-January 2019.
In addition, the flu expert from the National Institutes of Health says that this shot is an imperfect match for the influenza B strain responsible for most serious illnesses and deaths of children.
“Parents are responsible for the health and safety of their children, so it is imperative that they understand the dangers of the flu,” said Dr. Mieses.
‘It is worrying to see that parents are poorly informed because they think the flu shot can give their children the flu or that they don’t need it.
“We need to make sure they understand the severity of the flu so they can protect and immunize their children and themselves.”