–– A new survey on parents’ attitude toward the flu
vaccine may shed light on why some continue to resist it even
though not getting vaccinated could put their children in
survey of 700 parents by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital
showed that more than half the respondents said the flu shot
can cause flu. One-third said the flu shot didn’t work.
The flu season
began last week and Florida is the first state to report the
death of an unvaccinated child from the flu. The child was
otherwise healthy, health officials said. More than two-thirds
of the 183 children who died around the country from flu last
year were also unvaccinated.
medication or vaccine, people are going to have concerns,”
Dr. Jean Moorjani, a board-certified pediatrician at Orlando
Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, said in a news
release. “Because information can come from so many places,
from friends and family to the internet, it’s important to
talk to a doctor you trust to get credible information that is
based in science and facts.”
The survey also
percent of the respondents thought flu shot is a conspiracy.
percent said flu caused autism.
extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe,”
Moorjani said. “You cannot get autism from the flu vaccine.
It is not a conspiracy for doctors to recommend the flu
vaccine. Doctors recommend it because we know—based on
science, research and facts—that it is the best way to
protect yourself and your family against the flu.”
Here’s a bit
of good news from the survey: about 70 percent of the parents
said that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect their
child from flu.
time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season,
which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as
they can. If you are infected with the flu shortly after
getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it
off,” Moorjani said.