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Flu shots short of full acceptance

November 30, 2008|times wire services

Despite recommendations from the government and doctors, only 52% of U.S. adults said they planned on getting vaccinated against the flu this year, according to a Consumer Reports survey. Among the excuses: 27% said they disliked shots -- even though a nasal spray is available -- and 5% said they would rather get sick than go to work.

Nearly half of those who said they wouldn't get the shot said they didn't get sick, while 67% said it was better to build up a natural immunity to influenza. More than a quarter said they didn't think the vaccine worked.

The telephone survey of 2,011 U.S. adults was conducted Oct. 9-14 and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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