Canadians forego flu shots something that has been happening since 2015.
The latest statistics indicate only 38 per cent of Canadians had a flu shot last year.
And that has the Public Health Agency of Canada concerned.
The CBC obtained an internal agency report under a Freedom of Information Act request.
And the author of the internal report says ‘too few” Canadians got a flu shot.
Vaccination programs fall under provincial jurisdiction.
But the health agency promotes vaccinations nationally.
It also monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses.
The CBC says the health agency hired the research firm Léger.
Its mandate was to ask Canadians whether they had received a flu shot or spray this year.
Those results were shared internally by the health agency.
The state of Canadian flu vaccinations began to be monitored since 2015.
Canadians are of two minds on flu vaccinations.
They feel they don’t need one.
They believe they don’t work.
Canadians Forego Flu Shots
The issue of vaccination against the flu and other diseases has become a major bone of contention among the public.
“Recent reports in the media regarding the low effectiveness of the influenza vaccine can be contributing to this belief,” says the agency’s analysis.
For years now various vocal anti-vaccination groups have developed major media profiles.
Their beliefs that vaccinations are dangerous are gaining public traction.
They claim vaccines can kill and maim people.
And not only are they dangerous but also are ineffective.
And that has been true in rare instances.
But vaccinations still are considered to be effective at preventing disease.
And here are some facts to consider.
More than 12,000 Canadians are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
And of those about 3,500 die as a result.
And here is a word of warning to the elderly.
The older you get the greater the your health risk are without a vaccination.
So if you are interested in getting a flu shot, what’s the best time?