Some resisting swine flu vaccines?

October 8, 2009 1:36:15 AM PDT
The push to get people the swine flu vaccine is running into some resistance.Federal, state and local health officials are urging people to get the flu mist or shot. But as vaccines arrive across the country, a growing number of people say they don't want it.

Crystal Frederick said her daughters had their annual checkup and she wants them to get the swine flu vaccine as soon as they can get it.

"I think the risk of not having it is greater than the risk of having it," she said.

About 1,200 does rolled out of the Cumberland County Health Department Wednesday afternoon, earmarked for health care and emergency workers.

North Carolina has received 52,000 doses.

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In Durham, Rebecca Lem's daughter Cathy was one of the first to get the nasal spray vaccine Wednesday.

But other parents like Felicia McGirt said they aren't so sure.

"My concern is a lot of people has taken it so it's something new," she said.

And across the state and nation, a Harvard study shows only four in 10 adults said they would get vaccinated. Around 51 percent of parents said they would get their children vaccinated.

The reasons for saying no or maybe to the vaccine is worry over possible side effects, believing they are not at risk for getting the flu, or they could get medical treatment if they got sick.

Fayetteville Pediatrician Dr. Larry Harris recommends his patients take the flu shot.

"Even though the swine flu code is new it's prepared the same way as the seasonal flu shot so it's not really new it's just a new name, but the flu shot itself is the same," he said.

A recommendation that is echoed by public officials nationwide, as people rush to get the vaccine as demand outstrips supply.

Health officials said the bulk of the H1N1 vaccine is expected in North Carolina by next week. They said there should be more than enough vaccines to go around.

While the government said the vaccine is safe. Many fear that ounce of prevention may be worse than getting sick.

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