Public Uncertain About Swine Flu Vaccine

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Dr. Orly Avitzur with Consumer Reports says people are concerned about getting swine flu, but they’re not certain about getting the shot.
“Forty three percent of American adults say they’re unsure about getting the swine flu vaccine and just 30 percent say they plan on getting it when it comes available.”
The survey found many adults would rather build their natural immunity to the virus than get a vaccine. The adults surveyed also said they believe hand washing is an important tool for avoiding the bug – and that’s a good thing, according to Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr Glennah Trochet. Not so good, according to Trochet, is the fact that half of parents surveyed are still unsure if they’ll vaccinate their children.  
“HINI even if it behaves just like seasonal flu, your children are still at risk.”
Trochet says another big question for many people is whether to get a seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 specific flu shot. She says the answer is simple – get them both because they’re different viruses.
“The H1N1 virus is going to be circulating this season like regular flu so this year, yes, we’re recommending two vaccines instead of the one that we recommend every year.”  
Trochet says California counties are scheduled to get an adequate supply of shots to meet the demand. Sacramento County’s seasonal flu clinics start next week. And Trochet says the H1N1 flu clinics will likely begin in late November. High priority groups for the swine flu vaccines are infants, pregnant women, health care workers, children, young adults and people with chronic illnesses.