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Vaccine still best defense to avoid flu

Saturday, November 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"As another cold and flu season begins, public-health officials in central Ohio face the usual adversaries: unwashed hands, sloppy sneezes, crowded public places and people who don’t get the flu vaccine because they don’t know where to do it or think they can’t afford it.

But another human foible plays a role in the unnecessary spread of the flu virus: plain stubbornness. A lot of the people who skip vaccination do so because they think they somehow don’t need it.

They could be sorry, said Franklin County Health Commissioner Susan Tilgner.

“Unfortunately, we do get a lot of people saying, ‘I don’t get sick.’ People underestimate the flu and the problems it can cause,” she said. “If you truly get influenza, you are sick. It takes it out of you.”

A survey by Truven Health Analytics and National Public Radio found that, among those Americans who haven’t received a flu vaccine and don’t plan to, the No. 1 reason for taking a pass — mentioned by 48 percent of respondents — was that they don’t think it is necessary..."

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