AP Poll: Nearly 40 Percent of Parents Oppose H1N1 Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA (AP) - Just as the first wave of swine flu vaccine becomes available, a new poll suggests nearly 40 percent of parents don't want their kids vaccinated.

Despite government assurances that the vaccine is safe, some parents say they worry about side effects. Nothing serious has turned up in testing so far. Other parents brush off swine flu fears, saying it's no greater health threat than seasonal flu.

The Associated Press-GfK poll found that 38 percent of parents who were surveyed are unlikely to give permission for their kids to be vaccinated at school. The phone survey of just over 1,000 adults also found 72 percent of responders to be worried about side effects, although more than half say that wouldn't stop them from getting the vaccine to protect their kids.

Federal health officials are working to fight off vaccine fears, noting that the swine flu vaccine is made the same way as its seasonal flu counterparts that have been used for years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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