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Its amazing to me that about a third of mothers say they have no intention of having their children vaccinated against the flu this year. That is according to an article in Bloomsberg Business Week yesterday.
In addition, approximately 43% of Americans DO NOT intend to have themselves immunized against influenza this year.
Although the H1N1 pandemic was not nearly as bad as we had feared, each year many people, INCLUDING CHILDREN die needlessly from this preventable disease. I know that as a pediatrician you encourage all your pediatric patients over the age of 6 months to receive the vaccine. It was encouraging to me to read in the same article that 90% of physicians ARE intending to be vaccinated this year, themselves. That means that physicians are following their own advice. It is incredibly important for ALL healthcare workers to be protected, so they are less likely to become ill themselves, but most importantly, so they are less likely to transmit the flu to any of their colleagues or patients.

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