Parents rate flu vaccine lower than other recommended childhood vaccines

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February 25, 2016
Child receiving a flu shot

Annual flu vaccination for all US children 6 months to 18 years has been recommended since 2008, yet vaccination rates for flu lag behind most other childhood vaccines.

In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents of children 1-17 to compare flu vaccine to other vaccines recommended during childhood. One-third of parents say flu vaccine is less important for their child than other vaccines. Negative beliefs about flu vaccine safety and efficacy are more prevalent among parents of children who do not get flu vaccine. One-third of parents of non-vaccinated children say the doctor recommended flu vaccine less strongly than other vaccines. Read the full report – Inferiority complex? Parents rate flu lower than other vaccines

Figure 1. Parents compare flu vaccine to other vaccines

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