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Many parents don't want kids vaccinated

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ATLANTA, Ga. - As federal health officials urge Americans to get vaccinated against swine flu, there's an indication that the campaign will run into some resistance.

A poll by the Associated Press and GfK suggests that a third of parents don't want their kids vaccinated.

Some say they're worried about side effects, even though nothing serious has turned up in tests so far. Others don't see the swine flu as much of a threat.

This morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on news programs urging parents to get their kids vaccinated against the swine flu, calling it a "younger person's flu."

Sebelius says the inoculation is "safe and secure" and assured parents it "has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out."

Doctors warn swine flu panic may be worse than the illness itself

The swine flu is causing a lot of people to panic and some doctors say hysteria about the flu might be worse than the illness itself.

Dr. Richard Honaker, a family practice physician is getting lots of calls from parents worried their children may have the H1N1 virus swine flu.

"Parents are worried that their particular child will be the one that dies and they need to understand the death rate is very low for this flu bug, just about the same as the regular flu," he says.

Honaker says doctors want to limit the spread of the virus, and one way to do that is for patients to stay home to avoid infecting anyone else.

"Because there is so much flu going around, patients are coming in and bringing their sick kids, and all that does is keep this epidemic going," Honaker explains. "That's how they're making the epidemic worse."

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