Peoples Opt for Face Masks Than The Flu Shots


According to this CNBC Make it article which refers the the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) survey data, more Americans are opting for wearing face masks rather than getting a flu shot during this flu season.

Though nearly 70% Americans reportedly agreed that getting an annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations. Yet more than 58% remain hesitant to get their flu vaccine shots, instead opting for mask at least sometimes this flu season, the news outlet writes.

Following were the some of the top reasons, cited in the article, adults gave for not getting vaccinated this season:

  • 41% think flu shots don’t work very well 
  • 39% are concerned about the vaccine’s side effects 
  • 28% say they never get the flu 
  • 24% are concerned about getting the flu from the shot 
  • 20% do not think influenza is a serious illness

Patricia Stinchfield, president of NFID, told “Flu vaccines work. For more than 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received their vaccines”.