You’ve been able to get one for the last several weeks, but it doesn’t appear there’s been a huge rush to get out, and get a flu shot yet.
The latest numbers from Forum Research suggest 25% of Canadians have already made their way to their doctor or pharmacist for a flu shot, with another 33% saying they are planning on getting one.
Four in ten Canadians say they have no plans to get a shot, with the the majority of those saying it’s because they rarely get sick.
The others who aren’t getting one believe the vaccine is ineffective or that it causes disease.
“A claimed vaccination penetration rate of more than 50% has to be quite a positive indicator, in that rarely do more than about a third of Canadian adults get inoculated against the flu. In our results, we see three quarters of seniors either inoculated or intending to be, and this matches the clinical data well. Unfortunately, it is the oldest who are also most likely to believe vaccines cause rather than prevent disease.” -Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff