LANSING, MI (WTVB) - State health officials say only about ten percent of Michigan’s young adults, what the medical industry calls the “young invincibles” have gotten a flu shot this season, and that may be one reason why more of them are winding up flat on their back in a hospital bed, fighting off a secondary infection.
Western Michigan University virologist Dr. Kareem Essani says there are several reasons one person may be more vulnerable than another, and not getting a flu shot is one of them. Other factors include age, chronic illnesses, pregnancy, they can all make a person more susceptible. The CDC says about 40% of the overall population have been vaccinated. They say there is plenty of doses to go around this year, and if you don’t like shots there are alternatives, like FluMist, which is inhaled into the nose.