Mommas, are you and yours getting flu shots?
A recent Consumer Reports poll found that 43 percent of Americans say they’re on the fence about getting the H1N1 vaccine. Only 35 percent of parents say they’ll definitely have their children vaccinated -- despite evidence that swine flu is striking young people more harshly than the regular seasonal flu has in years past.
So, why not get the shot? We've heard a lot of reasons -- a story we did last week about Hillsborough schools giving the vaccine drew comments from people who still think vaccinations lead to autism, despite no scientific evidence linking the two. Some people think you run a greater risk of getting the flu from the vaccine (also not true, says the Centers for Disease Control). Others (especially Glenn Beck) seem suspicious of government recommendations.
I've also heard from people who had a bad reaction to a flu shot in the past, and don't ever want to get near another one.
We want to talk to Tampa Bay residents who either aren't sure about the vaccine, or who are absolutely certain they're not getting one. If you're willing to be interviewed (which means we'll need to use your name), please E-mail reporter Letitia Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Sutton, health and medicine editor