SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Poll shows flu shots embraced by young adults, parents in Canada

More adults in their child-rearing years are becoming convinced that getting a flu shot for themselves and their children is a good course of action, according to a new Harris-Decima poll released on Thursday.

The poll determined that adults aged 18 to 34 and individuals with children in their households had higher rates of flu shot converts than any other demographics, the Canadian Press reports.

"What appears to be occurring is that over the years younger Canadians and parents are particularly becoming more convinced that they will do it (get a flu shot) in the coming year if they haven't done it very often in the past five," Doug Anderson, the senior vice president for public affairs at Harris-Decima, said, according to the Canadian Press.

According to recent data from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, children under five are the most vulnerable group when it comes to H1N1 influenza. The researchers found that less than 20 percent of children under five have antibodies to H1N1. Approximately 45 to 50 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 39 have H1N1 antibodies and 35 to 40 percent of adults aged 40 to 69 have the protective antibodies.

The study found that school aged children and individuals 70 and older were less vulnerable to H1N1 viruses than other demographics. Exposure to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and related viruses decades ago respectively gave the two demographics protection against the H1N1 family, the Canadian Press reports.