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65% of Parents Say No Swine Flu Vaccine for Kids

swine-flu-shotWarnings that the swine flu vaccine will be most effective if given to children doesn’t seem to be swaying the majority of American parents. In a survey by Consumer Reports, sixty-five percent of parents said they won’t be getting the swine flu shot for their kids.

The number opting in on the vax for their kids (thirty-five percent) is just barely above the number of Americans who say they’ll get the shot for themselves (thirty-four percent).

To be fair, the majority of parents said they’re undecided, with just fourteen percent saying outright that they will not be getting their kids the shot. For those still on the fence, a little food for thought:

A study out of Yale and Clemson Universities indicates vaccinating kids and parents would be sufficient to stop the spread of the virus – it wouldn’t be necessary to innoculate the remainder of American adults.

While seasonal flu is generally worst for the elderly, H1N1 has been found to be showing up more in the younger population as its run through America. By contrast, fewer young people seem to be dying from the disease than the numbers of elderly generally claimed by the seasonal flu.

Shortages of kids’ Tamiflu – used to treat swine flu – are already being reported.

For parents opting out because they don’t want to pay – check with your insurance or local health department, some states have mandated health insurance carriers cover the shot for kids.

Will you be getting your child the swine flu shot?

Image/Source: Consumer Reports

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