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September 7, 2013

POLL: Flu shots are a good idea

Looks like our online poll respondents will be a healthy bunch this flu season.

Our latest question, spurred by the announcement that a new flu shot will be available this year that covers more strain of the potentially dangerous virus, asked: After last year’s banner flu season, are you more likely to get a flu shot this year?

With 61 percent (52 votes,) this answer pulled in a solid majority: “Yes. When inexpensive flu shots are readily available, it’s silly to not get one.”

Just 33 percent (28 votes) went with the opposit view: “No. I’ve never had a flu shot and I’ve never had the flu.”

Comments at our Facebook page included:

n Kevin Johnson: “Ten years ago, I skipped the seasonal flu shot and caught the flu five times from December through May. I haven’t skipped it since and have been influenza-free. I try to get it as soon as I hear it’s available.”

n Keith Michels: “No.”

n Anni Like: “I’m getting a flu shot for the first time this year. Not because of last year, or even because I got ‘swine flu’ a few years ago, but because they are providing them at work. I wouldn’t bother if not for the convenience. I’m that lazy.”

The Free Press online poll is not scientific. Visit to weigh in on our latest question: Mankato’s Pridefest takes place this weekend. How likely are you to attend?

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