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Poll: Parents approve of H1N1 shots at school, less likely to get vaccinated themselves


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- When it comes to needles, it seems parents are more willing to vaccinate their children against H1N1 than themselves.

An Associated Press-GfK poll finds nearly two-thirds of parents would most likely give permission for their kids to be vaccinated against swine flu at school, with 40 percent saying they were very likely to approve.

But despite government warnings to get a shot before the expected return of H1N1 in the fall, only one-third of people say they themselves are likely to be vaccinated.

The poll also shows 56 percent of Americans surveyed are not concerned they or their family members will catch it.

Swine flu has so far killed around 300 out of more than a million Americans estimated to have come down with a case of the flu.

About 40 percent of Americans get an annual flu vaccine, along with about 30 percent of children. But two separate vaccinations will be needed this year to protect against both types of the flu.

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