Survey: Over a third of U.S. adults miss life events due to flu

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Results from a new survey by CVS/pharmacy, released on Monday, indicate that nearly two out of every five Americans (37 percent) have missed a life event due to flu-like symptoms that made them feel sick.

Of those who missed the events, family gatherings totaled 17 percent, time with friends came to 17 percent, and a presentation or work meeting accounted for 13 percent.

The survey was conducted online in July and involved more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Approximately 58 percent of the participants said they get flu vaccines each year, or else planned to receive one this year.

"No one wants to get sick with the flu, and getting sick is even worse when it causes us to miss an important life event, such as a vacation, wedding, holiday gathering or a child's big sporting event or recital," Tom Davis, vice president of pharmacy professional practices at CVS/pharmacy, said. "The simple fact is that getting an annual flu shot is the best protection available against catching or spreading the flu."

In light of these figures, CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide, including those with in-store MinuteClinics, are making flu vaccinations available each day. The vaccinations are  available during weekend and evening hours, as well as weekday hours. Appointments are not necessary.

"It is recommended to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available because it takes a couple of weeks for it to build immunity in order to provide you with the best protection before flu season peaks," Nancy Gagliano, senior vice president  of CVS Health and chief medical officer of CVS/Minuteclinic, said. "You should also get vaccinated every year because influenza strains may change year to year, and the vaccines are updated annually."

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