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Young Adults At Risk Of Death From Flu

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With flu season in full swing and plenty of time before its over, health officials are still urging people to get their shots. But college students are the majority of the population that aren't getting vaccinated. And some have mixed feelings on the issue. 

Students like Shane Toreki and Matthew Smith. Both are roommates, both have the same major but feel differently when it comes to getting a flu shot.

"My age, I wouldn't sweat over getting a flu shot," said Smith.

"I don't think its a bad idea to get it especially because the flu has been so lethal this year and have heard cases that people are getting more and more sick then they ever have," said Toreki.

Smith says he hasn't gotten sick in years and does other things to keep himself healthy.

"I go to the gym a lot. I try to stay away from fast food," said Smith.

While Torkei knows there are benefits to getting vaccinated.

"There's really no reason not to get it,"said Toreki.

Officials say that this year's flu season has sent a record number of people to the hospital and that this years H1N1 strain is targeting young adults in their 20's.

"And because of that we're getting a lot of healthy young adults that are being hospitalized and even dying because of the flu this year," said Angela Minicuci, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Officials also add that college age adults are incredibly vulnerable because in large part, they aren't getting vaccinated.

"The healthy young adult population are those 18-25. They're flu vaccine rate is 9%. So we know this population who is tradionally healthy or doesn't run into health issues. They don't think they need a flu vaccine because they don't traditionally get sick," said Minicuci.

The deaths from the flu are up to 7 people, spread across three counties in Michigan, and that's enough for some to change their mentality.

"It might be a sign for some people that say hey maybe I'm not invincible," said  Toreki. "Maybe I should go and get the flu shot. Even though I'm 22 years old and I think I'm on top of the world."

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