Most US adults haven't gotten a flu shot this season

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While flu - or influenza - is most serious for older Americans and people with certain chronic conditions, influenza can affect people of all ages and lead to hospitalizations, significant health complications and even death.

This year's Flu strain is more risky for younger people.

People who become less likely to believe misinformation about vaccine safety are not necessarily more likely to get vaccinated, due to something scholars call the "backfire-effect". As long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

Last winter's flu season was a rough one, dominated by a particularly troublesome virus strain.

Young children and the elderly are at higher risk of getting severe illness, Webby said: "So by getting vaccinated, you're not just protecting yourself, but also, through herd immunity, you're protecting others".

Today wraps up National Influenza Vaccination Week, and health officials are encouraging Kentuckians who opt to get those vaccines to do it before the peak of flu season in February.

This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'".

"Each year, the flu vaccine must be reformulated to ensure it is effective". Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health Dr. Jeffery Howard says his own position is that being vaccinated helps protect the person - and those around them. "With healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rates of 98 percent for two years straight; these results are evidence that healthcare personnel at Kaweah Delta are concerned about the patients they care for". It is imperative that they get the flu vaccine so that they do not spread the flu to the patient, who will likely not be able to fight it and is at serious risk for complications, including death.

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The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor included key findings for New Jersey.

Vaccinations are a significant achievement in the advancement of public health, aiding in diminishing the detrimental effects induced by harmful pathogens.

The public is constantly urged by hospitals and health care professionals to be vaccinated for the flu.

The agency can bill Medicare and most insurance companies for the flu vaccine.

The flu shot is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, who can pass on antibodies to their babies that will help protect them.

The two main factors in the effectiveness of the vaccine is the health of the patient and the match between the influenza viruses that the influenza vaccine is created to protect against and the influenza viruses spreading in the community.

How well the influenza vaccine works (or its ability to prevent influenza illness) can range widely from season to season.

The CDC is an excellent resource for information regarding the flu.

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