Poll: Americans conflate protection from COVID, flu shots

By: Tina Reed | Axios | Oct 11, 2021

Some Americans are mistakenly banking on one vaccine to protect against both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu this year, according to Harris Poll data provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: While public health officials have been pushing for individuals to get their COVID-19 shot, they face the simultaneous challenge of convincing them to get a flu shot in what is predicted to be a worse-than-normal flu season.

By the numbers: Harris polled more than 2,000 American adults between Oct. 1 and 3 and found 26% mistakenly say they think the COVID vaccine would also protect them from the flu, the poll found.

  • That includes 30% of COVID-vaccinated Americans, but just 16% of Americans who haven’t gotten a COVID shot.
  • Conversely, 23% believe the flu vaccine would also protect against COVID

There’s also confusion when it comes to the booster, the poll found.

  • 28% of Americans think a COVID booster shot would also protect them from the flu.

What they’re saying: “There is another potential looming public health crisis when more than a quarter of the country incorrectly assumes a flu shot, a COVID vaccine or a booster are interchangeable protection,” said John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll.

Read the full story at Axios.