Annual flu shots
A national survey says millennials - those between the ages of 18 to 34 - overwhelmingly think they don’t need an annual flu shot. Even though the flu is most dangerous for very young children and those over the age of 65, millennials are inclined to have more contact and are less likely to stay home if they are sick, the survey says.
Dr. Ariane Conaboy/M.D., Commonwealth Health Network : “I have quite a few patients in their 20’s and 30’s who say I don’t think I need this, I’m pretty healthy.”
Dr. Ariane Conaboy of the Commonwealth Health Physicians Network says this year is shaping up for the possibility of a severe flu season.
Even though some studies say millennials don’t believe in getting the flu shot, we found more students on the campus of Marywood University who have a clue about the flu.
Leslie Sandoval/Philadelphia: “I’ve never gotten the flu and I’ve been getting flu shots since I was little. My mom believes in it. You should believe your doctors.”
Mike Carone/Hawthorne, NJ: “I think it’s important for anybody but especially when you have so many people living so close together.”
Kaleigh Orr/Moscow: “I definitely am. I think it’s safer to get one now, better safe now than sorry later.”
Joseph Kabwe/Africa: “I already had one. So it’s to prevent myself from getting the flu so prevention is better than the cure.”
While we found more students on board with flu shots, some still say no way …
Prabh Kaur/India: “I’m not getting one because last time i still got the flu. Nothing works for me, I keep getting the flu shot and I’m not getting it actually because there’s no use.”
With or without the shot, experts say avoid touching shared surfaces, stay home when you don’t feel well and always practice good hygiene.
It takes about two weeks for good flu protection to kick in after receiving the vaccine. Insurance covers most vaccinations, usually without a co-pay.