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Fighting the Flu: 46% Plan to Get Flu Shot this Year

Flu season is around the corner and 46% of respondents to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey on this seasonal topic say they plan to receive the flu vaccine this year. Forty-seven percent (47%) will take their chances by skipping the shot. Common symptoms of influenza (“the flu”) include fever, headache, fatigue, congestion and stomach ailments. Each year, the flu affects as much as 20% of the United States population.

Percentages of those who plan to receive the vaccine clearly correlate with age. Less than one-third of respondents (31%) ages 18-29 plan to get the flu shot while nearly three-quarters of individuals (74%) age 65 and older say the same.

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