As the Novel H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine becomes increasingly available, 46 percent of adults who the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers to be a "high priority" plan to ignore CDC's vaccination recommendation, according to a Zogby International Interactive Survey.
The reason? Concerns over the vaccine's safety was cited by 38 percent, another 32 percent cited a general sens that they simply don't need it.
Similarly, of all adults surveyed nationwide 32 percent are skeptical about the vaccine's safety, and 30 percent don't feel it's necessary. In the end, 62 percent of adults surveyed plan to skip the H1N1 vaccine. People living in southern states were most likely not to get an H1N1 flu shot at 69 percent, about 10 points higher than adults in other regions.
Oddly, since the majority of adults don't plan to get the vaccination, 47 percent are very or somewhat concerned over nationwide vaccine delays and shortages.
Of those who do not plan to get the vaccine, just 9 percent say they would be more likely to get the shot if they had a clearer understanding of when, where, and how the vaccine would be distributed. Only 28 percent of Americans who are not planning to get the H1N1 vaccine would reconsider their decision if a medical professional recommended they receive the vaccine. The high priority groups show a similar response, with only 27 percent saying they would be more likely to be vaccinated if their medical professional recommended it. Twenty-one percent of adults in the high priority group would be more likely to seek the vaccination if family, friends, or coworkers became ill with Novel H1N1.
This online survey of 2,330 adults was conducted by Zogby International between Nov. 4-6. The margin of error is +/- 2.1 percentage points, with slightly higher margins in sub-groups.
Source: Zogby International