About 25 percent of nurses refuse swine flu vaccine

29th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

About 150 nurses say they do not want to be vaccinated against swine flu, reveals recent survey.

The Netherlands – Almost a quarter of nursing staff in the Netherlands say they don't want to be vaccinated against the swine flu, reveals a recent online poll.

Almost a quarter (24.6 percent) of the respondents answered 'no' while 53.5 percent said they want to be vaccinated. The remaining 21.9 percent said they hadn't made up their minds.

The poll, which was posted on www.nursing.nl and filled out by 600 nurses, did not ask respondents to elaborate their reasons for saying no.

Marjan Shaw, a nurse at Leiden University Medical Center, told Expatica she would be willing to get the vaccine "to reduce the risk of infecting my children. As it is likely that I will be exposed to the virus at work."

With the impending risk of a large-scale outbreak of swine flu in the Netherlands in the autumn, the Dutch government wants medical staff to be among the first to receive vaccines against the virus.

This will minimise the risk of absenteeism affecting patient care in hospitals and other health institutions.

The government has already placed orders for vaccines with Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which along with another pharmaceutical firm Roche, have been charged with developing a vaccine for the flu.

The vaccine is expected to be available to the public in the autumn.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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