October 13, 2009
Even as the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is distributed coast to coast, many people say they have safety concerns that may stop them from getting vaccinated.
Although experts say those fears are unwarranted, a recent Associated Press-GfK poll found only about half of Americans said they are planning to get the vaccine. Most of those are older people — so far among the least vulnerable to the virus.
Almost three-quarters of respondents said they were concerned about the vaccine’s safety (although many of these said they still were going to get the shot).
A University of Michigan poll found that only 40 percent of parents wanted to get their children inoculated.
And a survey released Tuesday — commissioned by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that polled pharmacy directors at 341 hospitals across the country — found that many hospital employees are asking if the H1N1 vaccine is safe.
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