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A third of US parents say they’ll skip the flu shots for their kids this year — here’s why that’s not a good idea

A survey found one-third of parents aren't planning to vaccinate their kids against the flu, even though it can be serious and deadly.

More than half of parents in the US think the flu shots cause the flu — here’s why that’s wrong

A Florida hospital surveyed 700 US parents and found that more than half thought getting the flu shot caused the flu. But that's just not true: The flu shot contains no live viruses, so it can't make you get sick.
Pregnant women still need the flu shot.

There may be a link between the flu shot and miscarriage — but pregnant women should still get the vaccine

Last fall a preliminary study found a link between the flu shot and miscarriage. It's surprising, but it still doesn't change doctors' advice for pregnant women. Moms-to-be should still get the flu shot because the flu is deadlier in pregnant women, and because it protects babies from the flu, too.
There are still a lot of myths about the flu shot.

3 myths about the flu shot you need to stop believing

The flu shot saves lives, so don't let popular myths keep you from getting vaccinated. INSIDER spoke with a doctor who busted three common flu shot myths, including the belief that getting the shot makes you sick and the idea that young, healthy people don't need to be vaccinated.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly gives himself a flu shot for an ongoing study on the human immune system September 24, 2015 in space.

This year’s flu vaccine will probably provide more protection than last year’s — here’s why

Flu season is approaching in the US, and with it, a redesigned flu vaccine is here. After last year's shot performed so poorly, proving itself only 25% effective against some of the nastiest strains of the flu, infectious disease experts and drugmakers have reformulated the 2018-2019 vaccine.
It's time for flu shots again.

Here’s why you might get the flu, even if you got the flu shot

You should get the flu vaccine — but you should also know that it's not 100% effective.
The New York City subway system has faced decreased funding and declining performance in recent years.

Scientists studied flu cases in more than 600 cities and towns around the US — and found where flu season lasts the longest

Influenza viruses circulate better in cold, dry air. But scientists who've studied six years of illness data from across the country have found out that the weather isn't as big a factor in transmission rates in big cities. The flu is more persistent all winter in a big metro area.
Last year's flu was especially deadly, experts say.

80,000 people died from the flu last winter — the highest number in over 40 years

Estimates show that the flu and its complications resulted in 80,000 deaths last winter. Last year's flu season had high rates of severe illness leading to ER visits and hospitalizations. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get this year's flu shot before the end of October.
A package of Tamiflu in a pharmacy

Terrifying map shows how the flu is quickly spreading across the US

Flu season is off to a strong start in the US, with one nasty strain in heavy circulation across the South. Drugs can make the illness shorter and milder.

5 reasons why you should absolutely get a flu shot this year

Even if you're ok with getting sick, you could spread the flu to more vulnerable people who could have a harder time fighting the infection.