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CityMD survey: More than half of millennials not planning to get flu shot


NEW YORK — A recent survey from CityMD Urgent Care is finding that a lot of people aren’t planning on getting flu shots, and among millennials, slightly more than half of them don’t plan on getting vaccinated against the flu this year. 


The survey found that 42% of all American adults had no plans to get a flu shot, with 52% of 18- to 34-year-olds not planning to get vaccinated. This is compared to the 49% of 35- to 44-year-olds, 48% of 45- to 54-year-olds and the 38% of 55- to 64-year-olds who aren’t planning to get a flu shot. 


As for reasons, a whole lot of the decision seems to come down to perceived efficacy, as 52% of all those surveyed said they weren’t getting a flu shot because they don’t trust that it would keep them from getting the flu —with 49% of millennials citing this as the reason they don’t plan to get vaccinated. Other reasons millennials said contributed to not getting a flu shot was cost (25% didn’t want to spend the money), the possibility of getting sick from the flu shot (29%) and never having gotten the flu before (23%).  About 4% of millennials and 2% of all patients surveyed said they didn’t know where to get a flu shot. 


The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of City MD, surveying 2,080 adults between Sept. 13 and 15.  


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