Most Americans shrug off swine flu outbreak

While the U.S. government weighs the wisdom of rolling out a program to vaccinate citizens against swine flu, most adults appear ready to do without.

A new poll from Zogby International found that only 18 percent of U.S. adults view swine flu as a serious threat and fewer than a third would submit to a jab to guard themselves against it. And of the 1,442 adults who took the poll, only 36 percent said they bothered to get a seasonal flu vaccine.

The U.S. isn't the only country considering a special vaccination campaign. The WHO is preparing to meet to coordinate how manufacturers should respond. Stockpiling any new vaccine could seriously interfere with supplies of the seasonal vaccine. The seasonal influenza outbreaks around the world kill an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people each year.

- read the report from Reuters

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