Floridians have low vaccination rate as push for COVID-19 vaccine continues, new study finds

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TAMPA (WFLA) – As we wait for a coronavirus vaccine, doctors stress, there’s another life-saving vaccine on the market right now.  We’re talking about the flu shot.  Unfortunately, a new study finds, Floridians aren’t a big fan of vaccines in general.

We’re about to enter flu season next month with coronavirus still very much alive in many communities. Public health professionals believe these two diseases coming together could quickly overwhelm our health care system.

A new WalletHub study ranked states that vaccinate the most. Overall, Florida performs poorly, coming in at number 41. The flu vaccination rate for young people is even worse. WalletHub puts Florida at number 47.

8 On Your Side has four quick facts about the flu vaccine.

It does not and cannot cause the flu.It’s about 50% effective in preventing the main strains of the virus.Even if you get the flu, it’ll likely be less severe if you’ve had the shot.You can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

8 On Your Side hit the streets to take your questions about the current flu vaccine and future COVID-19 vaccine.

We asked Dr. John Greene, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at …

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