More than half of Americans not getting annual flu shot

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than half of Americans aren't getting an annual flu shot.

As the nasty illness spreads, we're learning why so many are skipping the shot.

Researchers have found most adults don't get their flu shots over concerns about side effects.

Of those surveyed, patients reported skipping the shot because they think the side effects from the vaccine are worse than the virus itself.

Others say they don't think the flu is a "big deal" and others are concerned about the safety of the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends most people ages six months and over should get the flu vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus.

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