Last year, the flu ravaged North America.
The culprit: a particularly nasty strain of the flu called H3N2 and the vaccine Canadians received last year was not particularly effective at combatting this pernicious strain.
TL;DR Health government officials in Canada commissioned a study to understand why Canadians appear unmotivated to get vaccinated; the number of Canadians getting vaccinated has flatlined since 2015. Moreover, the majority of respondents in this study said they didn't get the flu shot because they believe it "doesn't work."
As a result, by December 2017, alone, health officials in Canada reported 11,277 laboratory-confirmed cases with 70 percent attributed to H3N2.
In the United States alone an estimated 80,000 people died from the flu in 2017. According to a report by CNN, it was the deadliest season in more than four decades.
But according to a report by CBC only 38% of Canadians received a flu shot last year. Therefore, the majority were not protected at all.
Government officials commissioned a study to understand why Canadians appear unmotivated to get vaccinated.
Research firm Léger which uncovered some troubling insights. Flu vaccinations have actually flat lined since 2015, where only 34% of Canadians said they had been vaccinated.
The worse part, most respondents in this study said they didn't get the flu shot because they believe it "doesn't work."
Government officials also recognize that people do have busy lives, it can be difficult to find time to get the flu shot.
Dr. Howard Njoow a public health officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada spoke to CBC recently and affirmed that even if you are in perfect health, it's important to get the flu shot to protect those around you "who might be at a higher risk because of chronic diseases."
In Quebec, if you have private insurance you can get vaccinated with your family's health care provider. If you don't have insurance, you can get vaccinated at no cost at any integrated health and social services centers (CISSS) across the province. Click here for more information.