New Survey Shows Significant Number of Americans Did Not Get Flu Shot

ABC News' Jennifer Ashton reports the latest health news surrounding the flu season.
2:06 | 12/10/16

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Transcript for New Survey Shows Significant Number of Americans Did Not Get Flu Shot
??? Welcome back, everyone. Have you had your flu shot? We know it can save us from misery but 40% of Americans haven't gotten one this year. Here to address some of the myths about the flu is ABC chief women's health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. Great to have you here. Unfortunately talking about the flu and a lot have it but many consider it to be a bad cold. That's one of the biggest myths I hear year after year. This is completely different than the common cold virus. The rhinovirus is one of the culprits. Flue is caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms are different. When you have the true flu you are talking severe headache, severe chest pain and body ache, high fever, you don't see those with a common cold and risk of going on to develop a secondary bacterial infection which can hit the lungs in the form of pneumonia or the bloodstream in the form of sepsis. Life-threatening. My son had the stomach flu and people asked if he had his flu shot. Completely different. That's completely different. The fear that getting the flu shot will actually cause the flu. Complete a implausible. Not even medically possible. It does not contain live virus so people get the flu after that. It can take about two weeks to develop full immune protection. I have the feeling the guys will take tear chances and if it's not 100% effective than why bother. Do not do it. It is about 65% effective. However data has shown if you do get the flu afterwards your symptoms are less severe. I have had true influenza twice. Both times my pled K.L. Opinion was I would need to be hospitalized and admitted to the intensive care unit. I lost a week to work and a month before I felt Normal. Don't roll the dice in thanks, Jen Ashton. "Pop news" is next with

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