French revolt as less than ten Austrians show up at clinics in major city
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009
The mass rejection of the H1N1 flu shot continues in Europe, prompted by fears over the vaccine’s safety, with extremely low percentages of people saying they intend to take it.
In France, a poll published in the Dimanche Ouest-France newspaper and reported on by the country’s biggest newspaper Le Monde, reveals that just 17% of the population now intend to get vaccinated.
A rough translation of the article reads:
According to a poll published Sunday in West-France, only 17% of the French will consider getting vaccinated against influenza H1N1. In Mid-September, 55% of respondents said they would get vaccinated. Nearly one in two surveyed is clearly opposed to the vaccine.
The evolution of these figures can be explained by the reduction of anxiety felt over the virus. A month ago, 32% of respondents said they were “worried”, that figure has dropped to 16%.
The figures come in the wake of efforts on behalf of nine individuals who have filed formal charges in the French courts claiming that the H1N1 mass vaccination campaign is a deliberate attempt to poison the French population.
The drop in numbers willing to take the vaccine mirrors that in Germany where just 13% now say they are willing to take the shot, down from 51% in July.
Meanwhile, state media in Austria reports that yesterday, on the first day the H1N1 vaccine became available, less than ten people attended vaccine centers in the country’s fourth largest city, Salzburg.
“The organisational situation is the same as if you invite people to a party and you don’t know whether to make three or 5,000 sandwiches.” Norbert Muss, the head doctor of the regional health insurance association commented.
The Flu Case website reports that a poll to be published later this week in Luxembourg indicates that 77% of the country has no intention of getting the vaccine, while 15 % are undecided.
In addition, the site suggests that radio reports out of Poland have revealed only 3% of the population of Kraków, one of the countries largest cities, plan on taking the vaccination.
Mass rejection of the vaccine has been reported throughout Europe, with large portions of Danes, Finns, Spanish, Belgians and Dutch and British people also saying they do not intend to take the shot.
The number of refusniks is set to increase following reports late last week of severe side effects and even deaths in Sweden and Bulgaria that may have been linked with the vaccine.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:24 am