Parents concerns over H1N1 vaccination

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - 8 deaths here in Virginia have now been confirmed due to swine flu. The vaccine, now available to high risk patients, will be available for students in just days. But still, some parents aren't lining their children up to get it.

"I'm a little bit worried about it because I hear too many stories of people getting the flu vaccine and getting the flu from it," said concerned mother, Sherise Jefferson. "So I'm a little bit worried about getting it for him and him getting it."

Jefferson's son, Owen, recently fell ill. Doctors said he had flu symptoms but they wouldn't test for H1N1. Because of her concerns, she didn't give her son the vaccine. Instead she let him rest and drink lots of fluids hoping for the best.

"I'm just hoping that it's not the swine flu and that it goes away very quickly," said Jefferson.

Doctors at Patient First here in Richmond leave the decision to get vaccinated to the parent or individual. But they've found there's no need to be concerned.

"The test studies they've done with this H1N1 have actually been even more stringent than the seasonal vaccine," said doctor, Scott Greenfield. "So it appears that the risk in relation to this vaccine are no more than they would be for the seasonal."

If you do choose to get vaccinated, state health commissioners expect it to be available to the general public in early December.

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