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Parents concerned about giving kids H1N1 vaccine

McKayla Laney McKayla Laney
Mike Laney Mike Laney
Dr. Tom Harris Dr. Tom Harris

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the H1N1 vaccine becomes available, some parents are still leery about giving it to their children. But health officials say those choosing not get the vaccine, may be underestimating the seriousness of H1N1.

When it comes to combating the H1N1 virus, 8-year-old McKayla Laney has the routine down. "Wash your hands three times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner and then hand sanitizer, two squirts," she said.

The only other precaution she could take is getting the H1N1 vaccine. Mike Laney, McKayla�s father, said that is next. "We're all going to take the H1N1 as soon as it becomes available."

While the Laney�s are going to get the vaccine, they might be in the minority. A recent poll through the University of Michigan Medical School found about 60% of parents don't want their kids to receive the H1N1 vaccine. Some parents say they are concerned about side effects. Others are worried the vaccine was developed too quickly.

"Professionally, I'm surprised. I don't understand why someone would be so fearful and that they would not want their child vaccinated," said Dr. Tom Harris, Health Officer for the Floyd County Health Department.

"There's a lot of evidence that shows that this vaccine is safe and it is effective it's not an experimental vaccine and it's produced with the same technology as the seasonal flu shots," said Dr. Harris.

Mike Laney says he feels comfortable enough with that technology to go ahead and get the vaccine. "I think it's very safe to take just as like anyone else from shots in the past, you might get the flu. You may get something for this as well but I think it really outweighs taking the shot versus not taking it."

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