Parents who reported they were unlikely to get their children flu vaccinations said they got most of their information on vaccinations from family members, close friends and other parents. They reported having seven times as many sources speaking out against vaccination than for it, officials said.
“It’s important to acknowledge that for some parents, child health providers are not the sole influence -- or even the primary influence -- on decisions about the flu vaccine,” Clark said. “For these families, we need to explore other mechanisms to convey accurate information and allow parents to hear a more balanced viewpoint.”
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During the 2017-2018 season, 180 children died after contracting the illness, which was the most severe on record.
Experts recommend everyone over 6 months should get the flu vaccine. Children under the age of 8 who are receiving the shot for the first time should receive two doses spaced a month apart to build their immunity.