"This information about parents' plans to vaccinate their kids against H1N1 flu suggests that parents are much less concerned about H1N1 flu than seasonal flu for their kids," Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the poll and associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a news release. "That perception may not match the actual risks."
The survey found racial/ethnic differences. More than half of Hispanic parents said they'd have their children vaccinated against H1N1 flu, compared with 38 percent of white parents and 30 percent of black parents.
Rates of illness and hospitalization related to H1N1 flu are higher for children than for other age groups, according to the CDC. But the survey found that only a third of parents believe H1N1 flu will be worse for children than seasonal flu.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on the H1N1 swine flu.
SOURCES: Sept. 25, 2009, teleconference with Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
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