What are the Major Reasons for Not Getting the H1N1 Vaccine?

As of October 2, 2009, 60% of all adults are not “absolutely certain” that they will get the H1N1 vaccine, according to a survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). For a complete copy of the survey click here: Harvard School of Public Health Survey

The three major reasons adults may not get the vaccine are:

  • They are concerned about side effects;
  • They don’t think they are at risk of getting seriously ill; and
  • They think that they can get medicine to treat the illness if they get sick.

It seems like a lot of people are up in the air about whether to get the vaccine or not. What it comes down to is trust. It seems obvious from these surveys that a large group of the population doesn’t trust the advice of the public health officials.

You have to be confident in your own decision of whether to get the vaccine or not. No one likes to be scared into making a decision. You have to educate yourself, do your own research and talk to someone you trust like your personal physician. Here are two sites that can help you make your decision. Gary Null who is a leader on natural living has many contrarian views about health and has a lot of information on his site about flu vaccines. Here is more information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that can help you make your decision, as well. I hope this helps.

Best- Mike Cola

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