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Young B.C. adults reject flu shots: poll 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Some people say they aren't getting a flu shot because they fear side effects.
(FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Some people say they aren't getting a flu shot because they fear side effects. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

The majority of British Columbians, particularly those under 35, haven’t had a flu shot despite this season’s H1N1 virus impacting a younger population, according to a new poll from Ipsos Canada.

The survey published on Wednesday suggested that while 42% of B.C. residents said they’ve taken a flu shot, most of them have been 55 or older.

Ipsos said the older demographic is more than twice as likely to get the shot than those younger than 35.

The main reason for not taking the shot is the thinking that “side effects may be worse than the flu itself,” according to the pollster.

The B.C. government, meanwhile, has said they’ve had to order more flu shots due to some pharmacies running out of supplies. More than 1.4 million shots were ordered in total.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 13-17 and surveyed 803 British Columbians, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.9%.

 

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