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Most Americans shrug off swine flu outbreak


While the U.S. government weighs the wisdom of rolling out a program to vaccinate citizens against swine flu, most adults appear ready to do without.

A new poll from Zogby International found that only 18 percent of U.S. adults view swine flu as a serious threat and fewer than a third would submit to a jab to guard themselves against it. And of the 1,442 adults who took the poll, only 36 percent said they bothered to get a seasonal flu vaccine.

The U.S. isn't the only country considering a special vaccination campaign. The WHO is preparing to meet to coordinate how manufacturers should respond. Stockpiling any new vaccine could seriously interfere with supplies of the seasonal vaccine. The seasonal influenza outbreaks around the world kill an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people each year.

- read the report from Reuters

ALSO: Representatives of the World Health Organization are gathering for their annual meeting next week, and the A/H1N1 outbreak will be the main topic of conversation. Story

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Despite being the country with most confirmed cases now, U.S. nationals unwillingness to face up to swine flu as a health threat can partially be blamed on the U.S. government. In contrast to strict measures and massive public awareness campaign introduced by other governments around the world, the U.S. government hasn't even tried to put some of the most basic preventative measures such as appropriate health screening at major airports (it's absolutely stupid that international passengers don't even have to fill out a health declaration card while 90% of countries worldwide have this simple measure). So, of course, we are going to see ever-rising swine flu infections with more deaths and ordinary Americans continue to think "oh, this is no big deal"!

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