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The Flu Across the Generation Gap

The younger the adult, the less likely they were to get a flu vaccine this season. The great majority of those younger than 54-years of age avoided the flu shot altogether.

We can all see it coming every year – the flu! But with so much emphasis on getting a flu shot, many people are seeking alternative methods for avoiding the illness. In fact, the younger the adult, the less likely they were to get a flu vaccine this season.

According to a WholesomeOne survey which questioned 1,012 people over various age groups, younger aged groups had less people getting the vaccination as opposed to the older groups. Those over the age of 65 in particular, 51.6% chose to get vacaniated this year.

Younger generations are opting to find alternative methods to combat the illness.

According to our study, the majority of those younger than 54-years of age avoided the flu shot altogether. Those between the ages of 18 and 24 showed the least interest in vaccination with only 27.5% getting vaccinated. When asked how they were avoiding contracting the virus, the overwhelming response was increased hygiene.

This fact that younger people are choosing to avoid the flu shot raises the question of why?

With younger generations having so much access to information, it can be assumed that they were aware that this season’s vaccine only provided protection from the H3N2 strain of the virus. This fact and open information that questions the effectiveness of vaccination in the first place is an indicator that younger people are choosing to opt out of flu vaccines that can be rendered useless against most strains.

The generation gap is clear. Younger generations are arming themselves with information and finding ways to approach their future health without as much medical intervention, while older generations continue to entrust their main information source of their physicians with little gumption to avoid the illness on their own.

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