BC prepares for the Swine Flu this Fall

A new BC study finds parents and health-care workers may refuse to inoculate themselves or their children, during a flu pandemic, if they believe a vaccine’s risks outweigh the benefits.

Researchers at the University of B-C and Simon Fraser University asked study participants how willing they’d be, to accept a new vaccine, during a pandemic. Many said they wouldn’t, due to concerns about insufficient testing and safety.

Meantime, BC’s top doctor is defending a plan to keep public schools open this fall…even if there’s an outbreak of the H1/N1 virus.

Doctor Perry Kendall says last spring’s closures happened, when not enough was known about the virus, which he says is now considered no more dangerous than the regular flu.

He concedes there’s likely to be an increase in the number of flu cases once children are back together in the classroom…but, he doubts the virus itself will result in many schools being shutdown.[asset|aid=1774|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cd9c3dfe01a7ec27adc4b7638c651941-Kendall-closures_1_Pub.mp3]

Doctor Kendall adds, the H1/N1 vaccine will not be available before November…but, he’s hoping anyone needing a flu shot will get one by the end of December.