Several residents fear it; health officer says it’s safe
F.B. Drake III
Southern Oregon Mail Tribune 
Thursday, October 29, 2009
A flier posted on the Shop’n Kart community board reads: “Swine Flu vaccine is poisonous!” It then details various poisonous ingredients allegedly in the vaccine, the possible side effects and how the vaccine was tested without the ingredients in a classic case of “bait and switch.”
It’s postings like this that worry health care professionals such as Peg Crowley, director of the Community Health Clinic in Medford.
“There is so much misinformation and scare tactics out there,” Crowley said. “This misinformation may cost somebody their life.” Doubts about the safety of the H1N1 — “swine flu” — vaccination are increasing throughout the United States. Protests have been reported at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows an increase in the number of people who say they will not get the immunization either for themselves or their children.
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The poll reported that 40 percent of parents in the United States do not plan to let their children receive the vaccination. Concerns about its safety are “overwhelmingly cited as the chief reason.”
Customers at Shop’n Kart willing to speak on the issue said they would not use the vaccine, citing reasons of their own along with those mentioned on the posting.
Ashland resident David Witt, father of a third-grade student at John Muir School, a K-8 magnet school in Ashland, said side effects are a concern and that he is also leery about most vaccinations.
“It’s kind of the same for me with all immunizations, except for tetanus,” Witt said. “A healthy body is able to build up its own antibodies.”
Jason Houk, father of three children, two of whom attend Ashland schools, said he opposes use of the H1N1 vaccine, even though it goes against his normal philosophy.
“It’s just a gut instinct, even though I know better,” Houk said. “I believe in immunizations. I just don’t believe in this shot.”
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