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Flu Vaccine Complacency Concerns Linger

December 7, 2010
by Anthony Kimery
Homeland Security Today

We want and need to avoid complacency'

Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a media briefing Friday CDC  is “very encouraged by the number of people who have already received a flu vaccine." But she also stressed that “many others could benefit from being vaccinated and do still need to be protected.”

Schuchat said “we carried out a rapid survey by telephone of about 38,000 adults and 9,100 children around the country to give us an early snapshot of vaccine coverage results in the general population [through the second week of November], and at that time about 33 percent, or one out of three Americans, reported having already been vaccinated. Among those who had not yet been vaccinated, 15 percent said that they will definitely get vaccinated and 25 percent reported that they'll probably get vaccinated.”

 

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