Majority of Dutch children say no to swine flu shots
A survey of over 2,000 children showed 62 percent do not want to be vaccinated against the A(H1N1) virus.The Netherlands – A survey showed 62 percent of Dutch children did not want to be vaccinated against swine flu if they were allowed to make their own choices.
The survey, which was conducted by Dutch public service television, Jeugdjournaal, surveyed over 2,000 youngsters from 9 to 14 on their views on the A(H1N1) virus.
Eighty-two percent of children survey said they were not particularly worried about getting swine flu.
A quarter of children surveyed did not want to be vaccinated as they were afraid of pain while 19 percent felt the vaccination would not help against swine flu.
Children who wanted to be vaccinated said they did not want to be sick or infect others, revealed the survey.
Health Minister Ab Klink will decide on Monday on the government’s stand on inoculating children against the A(H1N1) virus.
Family doctors begin the mass vaccination programme on Monday. The elderly, health service workers, pregnant women and people with other health risks are the first groups to be called up.
Swine flu death toll in the Netherlands rose to 17 on Friday. There are more fatalities among children than with ordinary flu.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica