Poll: One-third can find, get H1N1 flu vaccine

Friday, November 6, 2009 | 12:21 p.m. CST

ATLANTA — Only about a third of adults who have tried to get an H1N1 flu vaccine have been able to get it, according to a new national poll.

That's true even for people are at extra risk for severe complications and who should be at the front of the line. The numbers are about the same for parents who tried to get the vaccine for their higher-risk children, the Harvard School of Public Health poll found.

The H1N1 flu vaccine has been available in the U.S. for about a month. But supplies have been limited because of manufacturing delays. The shots are only supposed to be go to those at high risk of complications.

The Harvard School of Public Health telephone poll also found that half of those who tried couldn't find information about where to get the vaccine. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted last weekend, and the results were released Friday. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

H1N1 flu is widespread in 48 states, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

CDC officials said 129 children have died from H1N1 flu complications since the virus was first identified in April. The government does not keep a close count of all H1N1 flu deaths, but estimates the number is above 1,000. Many millions of Americans have been infected with the virus, though most suffered only mild illness, health officials say.


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