A CNN report shared that Federal officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated against swine flu. Lately, states have been reporting â€œsporadic or local flu activity,â€ but that should not make people complacent, according to the Head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat. Dr. Schuchat stressed that â€œthe virus is still a threat.â€
To date, 70 million Americans, a figure that comprises 23.4% of the population, have been vaccinated against swine flu, according to the CDC. This figure is satisfactory, according to Dr. Schuchat; nevertheless, she continued to urge those who have yet to get vaccinated to do so. She was quoted with the following statement: “Individual cases of H1N1 continue to occur and people are being hospitalized and they’re dying.â€
The comment thread to the CNN article, though, seems to indicate that the public is not all too convinced about the need to get swine flu vaccines. Some readers went as far as saying that only the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the vaccine are benefiting from the drive to get vaccines.