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UGA study shows more adults likely to get flu vaccine over updated COVID-19 vaccine

A nurse prepares a flu shot.
David Goldman
A nurse prepares a flu shot.

A national survey of 1,280 adults showed fifty-five percent would “definitely” or “probably” get a recommended influenza vaccine, while only forty-six plan to receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine.

The study was co-directed by Professor Glen Nowak and Associate Professor Michael Cacciatore through the Center for Health and Risk Communication (CHRC) in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Findings show the percentage of adults planning on receiving an influenza vaccination has returned to pre-pandemic levels. “The return to that level is a positive sign, but it is also a reminder that a large, sustained infectious disease outbreak such as COVID-19 will not lead to increased flu vaccinations,” said Nowak.

The study found that age, medical conditions, and race all influenced responses. However, political ideology had the most significant impact on intended COVID-19 vaccinations.

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