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So... How many Californians actually get the flu shot?

Turns out, many more may claim they get the vaccine than actually do.

I'm basing that off conversations I've either taken part in or overheard over the past few years. Basically, whenever I hear someone asked if they've gotten the flu shot the answer is either "YES" - or - I'm getting it done tomorrow... leading me to believe the vast majority of people get the flu shot.

Apparently, though, less than half of Golden State residents actually do.

Looking at numbers released in conjunction with the Trust for America's Health State of Obesity 2018 report, just 48% of Californians get the vaccine:


Simone Groper receives a flu shot at a Walgreens phramacy on January 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. A strong strain of H3N2 influenza has claimed the lives of 74 Californians under the age of 65 since the flu season began in October of last year. People are being encouraged to get flu shots even through the vaccine has been only 30% effective in combating the influenza. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)