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Some parents think the flu shot is unnecessary

Top 3 reasons they don't vaccinate their children

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(James Gathany/CDC)

HealthDay reported that according to a new study, a lot of American parents who don't get their children flu shots say they don't see the need.

"The first and most common reason could encompass a belief that risk for contracting influenza is low in their family as well as that the vaccine offers little protection," said study lead author Dr. Scott Field of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

He suggested that it's possible that people who haven't had the flu themselves underestimate its potential severity. He also mentioned that some people may be skeptical about the need for flu vaccination because they haven't been exposed to influenza

Researchers questioned 131 parents of children ages 9 months to 18 years old during the 2012-2013 flu season. They asked about the children's history of flu and flu vaccination, reasons for not having their children vaccinated and if they planned to have their children vaccinated for the next flu season.

The three most common reasons parents gave for not getting their children flu shots were:

1. Believing such vaccination was not needed

2. Fear of possible side effects

3. Forgetting or not getting around to it

The study results were published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.