Many may not get vaccinated. A new study from Canada finds that there are many people who think for themselves and weight the precieved risks against the precieved benifits of flu vaccines.
Researchers from Vancouver used focus groups to study attitudes towards a flu pndemic vaccine. In all they conducted 11 focus groups prior to the current swine flu pandemic.
A Surprise Outcome
Group participants were asked about their willingness to get a new vaccine in the event of a pandemic.
Not surprisingly, the greatest opposition to vaccination were parents likely to favor natural or alternative approaches to medicine.
What is more surprising was that the study found that health-care workers were wary of vaccination for an illness perceived as mild.
“Participants were very concerned that in a pandemic, a vaccine would be brought to market without sufficient testing for safety,” wrote Natalie Henrich of the University of British Columbia and Bev Holmes of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Many participants looked to using measures like diet, hand washing, and avoiding crowdsi