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Many refuse to get vaccinated as flu cases continue to rise

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - As the flue continues to sweeps through the region, some East Texans explained theirs reasons for not getting vaccinated this year despite.


The latest numbers from the Northeast Texas Public Health District show that about the same number of people got the vaccine this year compared with last year. Last year, 2,085 people got the flu vaccine, and more than half of them were children. That is different from the year before, when most of the people who received the vaccine were adults. The NETHealth numbers are just a fraction of East Texans getting the vaccine since their numbers represent only the number of vaccines given by NETHealth.

There are people who have not, and even refuse to get it this season.

"There have been some younger people who have been affected by it but I'm not really scared necessarily of dying from it or anything," Nyc Coy said. "I've had the flu before and it is miserable but I'm doing everything to stay healthy."

Coy has done a little research that has helped him decide not to get vaccinated.

"I've discovered that the process of making the flu shot I don't really approve of," Coy said. "There are things in it that I don't really want in my body, like mercury."

Many said they feel there's still a chance of getting sick even if they are vaccinated.

Some people said many are getting sick but they have not gone to get the flu shot.

"There's several people missing work that have the flu," Tia Fields said.

Tia Fields said her three children were vaccinated before flu season began, but she has one reason why she didn't do the same.

"I just haven't had the time to go get it, but I know it's not too late to get vaccinated," Fields said.

Earnestine Miller doesn't feel the shot is important for her to get at the age of 73. It's been about five years since she got the flu shot.

"Every time I get one it gives me the flu; I get really sick," Miller said.

Each season, Miller says doctors urge her to get vaccinated.

"They would prefer I get one but I refused and I'll always refuse," Miller said.

On the flip side, there are people who get a vaccine every year.

Five years ago, Claudette McKinney got the flu; it's the same year she did not get the flu shot. Now, she says it's the reason why she gets the vaccine.

"Well, you're out amongst people in stores; you're touching all kinds of buggies and things. To me it's just important to get one," McKinney said.

This year's flu vaccine includes protection from H1N1, the most prevalent strain of the flu.

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