Monday, February 8, 2010

Most Americans Think Swine Flu Pandemic Is Over, a Harvard Poll Finds / NY Times

Looks like the school-based swine flu vaccinations may have been a pilot program that CDC wants to become "routine." Excerpts from the NYTimes article:
Most Americans do not intend to get the swine flu vaccine, assume the pandemic is over and think the flu threat was overblown, according to a poll released Friday by the Harvard School of Public Health...

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the C.D.C.’s director of immunization and respiratory disease, who in early January urged all Americans to get shots because they had finally become plentiful, put a brave face on the low figures, saying she was “encouraged” because more children got shots than ever previously got regular flu shots and because many got them at school for the first time. If that became routine, it could lead to much wider flu protection because schoolchildren often are the vectors that infect their families... (a current hypothesis--Nass)

The Harvard polling data was of 1,419 adults, including 377 parents, and had a margin of error of three percentage points for the total response. It found that 21 percent of those polled had been vaccinated, and 15 percent intended to by the end of February. Of the parents, 40 percent had had their children vaccinated, and 13 percent intended to.

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