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Doctors say most Britons reject swine flu vaccine

Kate Kelland
Reuters [1]
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – More than half of Britons being offered vaccination against pandemic H1N1 [2] flu are turning it down because they fear side-effects or think the virus is too mild to bother, a survey of doctors showed on Wednesday.

Many of the 107 family doctors polled by Britain’s Pulse magazine said there was widespread resistance from patients and on average only 46 percent of those offered the vaccination agree to have it.

Doctors reported particular difficulties in persuading pregnant women to be vaccinated against the virus, according to Pulse, a trade newspaper for doctors.



“In all the pregnant women we’ve offered it to, I think only about one in 20 has agreed,” Dr Chris Udenze, a family doctor based in Nottingham, central England, said in the survey.

Scepticism has been growing in Britain and other European countries about health authorities’ handling of the H1N1 [2] pandemic because the number of people infected has been lower than originally feared.

Full story here. [1]