STATE—Fewer than 1 in 3 (30%) New Jerseyans say they plan to get the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine when it is available this season, according to results from the most recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind™ poll. Already 1 in 5 New Jerseyans (20%) say they’ve had their regular, seasonal flu shot, but only half of those say they’ll also go and get the H1N1 flu vaccine, when it becomes available to them.
Meanwhile, a majority (62%) say they are not planning to get the H1N1 vaccine at all, and another 9% say they’ve not decided what they’ll do.
“People need to remember that their health is also other people’s health,” said Glennena Haynes-Smith, associate professor in FDU’s Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health and a former U.S. Army nurse who served in Iraq. “We recommend people use vaccines for epidemic sicknesses like flu because it’s not just about their health, it’s about the health of those around them, including their family and co-workers.”
But nearly three-quarters (74%) say they’re not very worried or not at all worried about contracting the swine flu in the next few months. Fewer than 1 in 4 (23%) say they’re somewhat or very worried about it.
“It’s not that this flu is quite a serious disease,” said Haynes-Smith. “It’s that it is widespread and puts some people at serious risk.”
The PublicMind poll of 656 New Jersey residents was conducted from Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
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