A majority of Americans said that they do not want to take A/H1N1 vaccine shot despite the U.S. government’s encouragement, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
Allene Diaz (L), 11, and her mother, Christina, wait in line for the H1N1 vaccine in Haltom City, Texas Oct. 30, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
Another 14 percent said that they want a shot and also have tried to get it but did not succeed, and only 7 percent have taken the shots.
The major reason why most Americans refuse the flu vaccine, as CNN polling director Keating Holland said, is “the perception that the vaccine has dangerous side effects.”
On the reason why some people did not successfully get shots, Holland said that 5 percent of all polled adults were turned down since they are not in a high-risk group who have priority to take the vaccine, such as pregnant women. Another three percent said they found a facility that ran out of vaccine before they got there.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu had killed nearly 4,000 Americans including 540 children, and infected about 22 million Americans since April.
The White House has released a report, 2009-H1N1 National Preparedness and Response Overview, saying that the United States should make steady progress on developing a safe and effective H1N1 flu vaccine, and adopt a voluntary H1N1 flu shot program available to all Americans.
It also encourages Americans to “act on a shared responsibility to reduce the impact of H1N1 flu.”