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Recent Poll: Majority of Americans
Don't Want the H1N1 Flu Shot

More than half of all adult Americans say they don't want to get the H1N1 flu vaccine, according to a new national poll.

According to the poll, 55 percent of adults don't want to get the swine flu vaccine, and don't plan to get a shot. Another 20 percent say they want to get inoculated but haven't taken any steps to do so. Just 7 percent have been inoculated for H1N1.

Why are more than half of all Americans shunning the vaccine?

"The perception that the vaccine has dangerous side effects is the top reason," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Roughly half of those who don't want a swine flu shot say that the possibility of side effects is one reason why they don't plan to get the vaccine. That works out to 28 percent of the adult population who don't plan to get inoculated due to the risk of dangerous side effects."

One in four American adults say they don't plan on getting a shot because they are not in a high-risk group, with 21 percent indicating they don't plan on getting vaccinated because they only go to a doctor when they are sick. Most of those respondents are men.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 13-15, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

* A full list of h1n1 vaccine ingredients, alerts and warnings.


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November 19, 2009

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