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Consumer Reports Poll: 43% of Americans Say They're on the Fence about Swine Flu Vaccine
Date:9/30/2009

While more than half of all parents say they're worried about their children getting swine flu, just 35% saying they will definitely have their child vaccinated

YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new Consumer Reports poll, 43 percent of American adults say they're on the fence about getting the swine flu vaccine and just 34 percent of those polled plan on getting the swine flu vaccine when it becomes available. Additionally, a mere 35 percent of parents say they'll definitely have their children vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children over the age of 6 months get the vaccine.

Those are some of the results of the new Consumer Reports nationally representative poll, which was fielded September 2-7, less than two weeks before the FDA approved the swine flu vaccines from four of the five manufacturers on September 15. Consumer Reports asked Americans about flu vaccinations and their level of worry on the cusp of flu season, which officially begins October 4 but is already well underway in at least 21 states as a result of swine flu.

Surprisingly, many parents are not too concerned about the specter of seasonal flu and the H1N1 swine flu. Forty-three percent of parents told Consumer Reports they're not too worried about their kids getting swine flu and curiously 44 percent expressed concern that other parents would be overly worried.

Concerns about the newness of the swine flu vaccine may be driving some parents to say they'll take a wait and see attitude: Fifty percent of parents said they're holding off on making a decision about whether to vaccinate their kids while 14 percent said they will definitely not get their kids vaccinated. Sixty-five percent of those parents who are undecided or will opt out of the vaccine said that concerns about the newness of the vaccine and whether it had be
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