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They Say: Most Parents Skipping Second Swine Flu Shot

vaccine1The swine flu season is still in full swing, but many parents say they’re not going to get the second swine flu shot for their kids.

And that doesn’t make health officials happy.

Many state health departments are starting another round of H1N1 vaccine awareness campaigns – this time aimed at stressing the importance of a second shot for children nine and younger. The CDC concurs – they recommend kids get two shots to strengthen their immunity.

With vaccine supply increasing, the jostling on the clinic lines is largely over, and parents can easily access them in most spots around the country.

So why aren’t they? The vaccine recalls no doubt played a role – even though the recall was not related to any health issues with the vaccine.  Then there’s the hassle many of us faced getting the first one – and the long lines we waited on with cranky children. Not to mention the space between the two – you have to wait a month between the shots, and scheduling is never easy for parents.

The dip in cases being reported hasn’t helped either – the number of people going to the doctor for influenza-like illness dropped from 4.3 percent to 2.6 percent in December. And the media simply hasn’t been reporting the cases as they had before – because it’s no longer new news.

But the CDC estimates that more than one thousand kids likely died of swine flu last year (there is no exact count). They estimate eighteen million kids were taken ill by the disease. And it’s hardly over – the flu season could last through April or May.

Did you get your child the second shot?

Image: alvi2047 via flickr

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