The following is from The Vaccine Reaction.
A recent survey, which was conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to better understand the public’s attitudes and beliefs about influenza, Covid-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and pneumococcal disease, found that many adults in the United States are not concerned about these respiratory diseases.
As a result, many Americans do not plan on getting Covid booster shots or influenza, RSV or pneumococcal vaccines because they do not have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
The top reason cited for not getting the flu shot include: 32 percent are concerned about potential adverse effects from the vaccine; 31 percent do not trust vaccines; 27 percent do not think vaccines work very well, and 27 percent are concerned about getting sick from vaccines.
Only 23 Percent of Americans are Extremely Concerned About Covid
The findings also revealed that only 23 percent of adults in the U.S. are “very” or “extremely” concerned about themselves or someone in their family getting infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and only 40 percent plan to receive the updated monovalent Covid shots —of which almost 50 percent said it was because they were concerned about the adverse effects of the shots.
Other reasons for not getting the monovalent Covid shots included: 34 percent do not trust vaccines; 28 percent do not think that vaccines work very well; 27 percent are concerned about getting sick from vaccines, and 13 percent do not think Covid is a serious illness.
Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Concerned About Co-Administration of Influenza and Covid Shots
The findings of the survey found that 62 percent of Americans would not, or are unsure about getting influenza and Covid shots at the same time.
The reasons cited for the reluctance include: 56 percent are concerned about the side effects from getting both shots at the same time; 37 percent do not think it is safe to get both at the same time; 21 percent have not been advised to get both at the same time, and 18 percent do not think the shots will work well if received at the same time.
A 2022 study published in JAMA Network Open and published on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website found that simultaneous administration of mRNA Covid shots and influenza vaccines may be associated with increased likelihood of systemic reactions.
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