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More vaccine but fewer takers, H1N1 surveys indicate

Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2009

Pandemic influenza vaccine is getting much easier to find, but more than half of American adults say they still don't want it, and one-third of parents say they don't want their children to get it either, according to two surveys. As of this week, 111 million doses of vaccine against the pandemic strain of H1N1 flu have been released to states and cities. Not all of it has been used. There have been no unusual or unexpected vaccine side effects reported. As of Dec. 12, 11 states reported "widespread" flu activity (as measured by office visits, hospitalizations, and other indicators), down from 14 the week before. During the last two weeks of October, in comparison, 48 states reported widespread activity.