H1N1 Vaccine Arrives But Will Americans Take It?

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The first batches of the H1N1 flu vaccine have finally arrived, and none too soon, because the virus is currently affecting people in all 50 states.
    
However, many Americans say they are not worried and they will not be receiving the vaccination.

Some seven million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine will arrive across America this week. Forty million more doses will arrive in the next couple of weeks.

Dr. Donald Thompson from the Christian Medical Association is a board certified chief in family medicine. He joined CBN News to offer his insight on the safety of the H1N1 vaccine. Click play to watch.
    
First in line to be innoculated are the vaccine are health care workers, since it is important they stay healthy in order to help everyone else get vaccinated.
    
Meanwhile, more people are coming down with the illness.  Such is the case at a Dallas, Texas hospital.

"As of right now, we have increased employee absences due to fevers, flu-like symptoms," said Eden Pineda of Parkland Hospital.

Experts have recommended that pregnant women get vaccinated, since their risk of dying from H1N1 is six times higher than most Americans.  Although, many expectant mothers are worried about complications from the vaccine.
    
Children and young people up to 24-years-old are also more vulnerable, which is odd, since the flu usually hits senior citizens the hardest.
    
But many Americans are still concerned more about the effects from the vaccine and are not all that worried about getting swine flu.

Six out of ten people say they may not get vaccinated.  And four out of ten parents say they will not get their kids vaccinated.

"I don't think I'll get the swine flu vaccine," Laura Thomas said. "I'm not terribly concerned about getting the swine flu."

Many doctors don't approve of that kind of thinking, especially with the possibility the swine flu could still morph into a much deadlier strain and with children particularly vulnerable.

"As a parent and as a pediatrician, if I can keep a child from getting an illness that will keep them out of school for 3, 5, 7 days, that's doing something," said Dr. Richard Besser.

As for worries about the vaccine, Dr. William Schaffner of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine said he is very secure about how the vaccine was produced and tested. 

"This is a safe vaccine and it's going to be very effective," he said.

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