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Health secretary tries easing flu vaccine fears

Reuters [1]
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday sought to dispel fears about the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, declaring it safe and urging parents to take precautions against the pandemic.

“This H1N1 vaccine is being made exactly the way seasonal flu vaccine has been made year in and year out,” Sebelius said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“The adverse effects are minimal compared to what can happen when you get the flu,” she said.

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Sebelius was seeking to ease worries about the vaccine to target the new strain of influenza that is spreading around the world and she urged the public to visit flu.gov for more information.

“This definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get,” she said.

Sebelius also said she was “really stunned” that only about 40 percent of U.S. healthcare workers get seasonal flu vaccines. “I’m hopeful that healthcare workers not only take the seasonal but get at the front of the line for H1N1,” she said on CNN.

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