Most Americans unaware of importance of flu shots

August 20, 2014

More than six out of 10 Americans do not know that adults 65 years and older need high-dose flu vaccines to prevent senior influenza, according to an online poll commissioned by CVS Caremark.

More than six out of 10 Americans do not know that adults 65 years and older need high-dose flu vaccines to prevent senior influenza, according to an online poll commissioned by CVS Caremark.

The poll was conducted by Harris Poll and surveyed 2,079 adults between July 23-25, 2014. It found that 61% of respondents were unaware of the significance of high-dose flu vaccines for seniors. The high-dose vaccines have stronger antigens than those present in regular flu vaccines.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older receive flu vaccines.

Nearly 58% of those surveyed said they planned to recommend the high-dose vaccine to people they know who are 65 years or older. According to the CDC, 90% of flu-related deaths and more than 60% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years or older.

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