A majority of Americans would not take an H1N1 flu vaccine or drug additive authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and University of Georgia study. The study, available online today in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, found that fewer than 10 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to take such a vaccine or drug and nearly 30 percent remained undecided.
Yeah, lots of people would refuse because they do not see a huge number of people dying. I’m sure the numbers would change if mortality was higher.
What was interesting is that most people really have little idea of what is likely to happen. 85 percent really do not feel that they will become sick, yet the rapidity of the spread of swine flu indicates that perhaps 80% of the American population will get sick. That is what some models are showing.
There is a big disconnect between what individuals project and what epidemiological models predict. I would imagine we will find out just which is more correct shortly.
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