Parents Unnecessarily Wary of 2009 H1N1 Vaccine for Children

Many younger parents are wary of the 2009 H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccine for their children. They need not be.The Los Angeles Times is reporting on the ambivalence of many parents regarding vaccinating their children for the H1N1 virus, noting, “physicians say they are hearing young parents — many of whom have neither seen nor suffered any of the once-common diseases of childhood — express doubts about inoculating their children against the novel strain of influenza.

This new generation of vaccine skeptics has been forged by the stubbornly persistent belief — discredited by a welter of studies — in a link between vaccines and autism.

And it is further fueled by a combustible mix of distrust of drug manufacturers, media outlets, and the federal government.

Although many family physicians and pediatricians are readying stern lectures in support of vaccinating children, a few contacted by The Times acknowledged they have doubts about recommending a vaccine that is still in testing for all of their young patients.

My sense is as the results of the testing become available, virtually all doctors will recommend the vaccine. Why? It looks like it’s just as safe, and even more effective, than the seasonal flu vaccine.

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