One-third of US parents may not vaccinate their kids for flu this year, poll finds

Poll results published by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based C.S. Mott Children's Hospital revealed 34 percent of U.S. parents said their child was unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, CNN reports.

The October online poll examined 1,977 parents with at least one child.

Although about half of parents polled (48 percent) said they typically followed healthcare provider recommendations when making choices about the flu vaccine, 21 percent did not recall their child's provider making a recommendation about their child getting the flu shot.

"To me, the biggest takeaway is that there is a group of parents who look like they have a gap in expert guidance around whether kids should get flu vaccines, specifically whether their kid should get flu vaccine," said poll co-director Sarah Clark.

The top three reasons parents cited for not getting their children vaccinated were concerns about side effects, vaccine efficacy and that their currently healthy child does not need a vaccine.

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