October 2, 2009

Survey shows few Americans plan to get swine flu vaccine

By Kelley Luckstein

Swine flu arrived at the Berger home a few weeks ago.


David Berger's son came down with the classic symptoms, a fever and sore throat. Berger, a pediatrician, started treating the whole family right away with homeopathic remedies such as elderberry, vitamins A and C, and zinc. The boy started feeling better the next day, and no one else in the family has been sick yet.


Instead of convincing the Bergers they should get immunized to avoid another round of the highly contagious but usually mild virus, the experience affirmed their decision to pass on the vaccine.


"This is more of a nuisance than anything else," the Tampa holistic doctor said of the declared global swine flu pandemic…


Mayo Clinic researcher Greg Poland estimates 45 percent of American health care workers get a seasonal flu vaccine each year on their own. He said participation should be higher, considering the workers' exposure to the medically vulnerable. "It's not about you. It's about the patients you care for," said Poland, an officer with the American College of Physicians.


Tampa Tribune, by Mary Shedden, 10/2/09


Tags: H1N1, Infectious Diseases, swine flu, vaccine

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