Hong Kong Healthcare Workers: We're Not Gonna Take It

A new study in the BMJ, which surveyed a large number of healthcare workers in Hong Kong, found that less than half of them would accept the swine flu vaccine. This is particularly interesting given that the survey was performed in May 2009 at the height of the panic about the disease and also because Hong Kong was the epicenter for the SARS epidemic several years ago. The investigators believe the findings are applicable in other countries. Reasons given for refusing the vaccine are familiar--fear of side effects and questions of efficacy.


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