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Many Parents Oppose Swine Flu Vaccine
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Some parents are opposed to vaccinating their children against the H1N1 virus. They say the swine flu doesn’t amount to any greater health threat than the seasonal flu. (photo courtesy CDC)
Some parents are opposed to vaccinating their children against the H1N1 virus. They say the swine flu doesn’t amount to any greater health threat than the seasonal flu. (photo courtesy CDC)
Some parents are opting not to get their children vaccinated against the swine flu virus, even though health officials urge everyone to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

State health officials made the swine flu vaccine available for healthy toddlers across the state this week. The Fayette County Health Department was one of the first places to get it.

Jason Pocock was there with his family on other business and wasn’t interested in getting his two year old daughter vaccinated.

"We feel that testing hasn’t been thoroughly laid out enough where the side effects could effect later on," says Pocock. "I think it was rushed."

Pocock is not alone in his concern for his child’s safety.

According to a poll the Associated Press conducted, about a third of parents oppose the swine flu vaccine for their kids.

In addition to the side effects, another reason parents cited was the swine flu doesn’t amount to any greater health threat than the seasonal flu, they say.

Health officials say no scary side effects have turned up in tests on volunteers, including children.

They also note the swine flu vaccine is made the same way as seasonal flu vaccines that have been used for years.