Even though the pandemic is still in effect, some parents are planning to skip their children's flu shots this year.
A study from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital states that one out of three parents do not plan on having their children vaccinated.
In a questionnaire taken last month, the majority of the parents said they are concerned about side effects and that it may not be as effective.
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Among the parents who will not vaccinate their children this year, one in seven say they are keeping their child away from health care sites due to concerns about COVID-19.
The other reason is the lack of recommendations from health care providers as America focuses on the coronavirus.
"Among the 32% of parents who say their child is unlikely to get a flu vaccine this year, the most common reasons include concerns about side effects from flu vaccine (42%) and belief that flu vaccine is not necessary (40%) or effective (32%)," the study found. "Fourteen percent will not seek flu vaccine because they are keeping children away from health care sites due to COVID; 9% say their child is afraid of needles or does not want to get flu vaccine."
When it comes to parents whose children got flu vaccines last year, 96% intend to have their children vaccinated again this year.
In contrast, only 28% of parents whose children didn't get the shot last year say their child is likely to get a flu vaccine in 2020.
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