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Please note: this is an abridged version of an article originally published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.
The benefits of influenza vaccination are clear to those in the medical community. Yet misinformation and unfounded fears continue to discourage some people from getting a flu shot. During the 2018–2019 influenza season, only 45% of US adults and 63% of children were vaccinated.
What should we tell patients who say no to the flu shot? Here are 12 reasons people give for not wanting to receive the inactivated influenza vaccine, along with some potential responses and comments about the nasal live attenuated vaccine.
Healthcare providers should try to understand the public’s misconceptions about seasonal influenza and influenza vaccines in order to best address them.