TORONTO -- Canadians are becoming less and less ambivalent about the prospect of the H1N1 vaccine, and a majority of people say they either plan to roll up their sleeve to get the swineflu shot or have already done so, a new poll suggests.
The results of the latest Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggest that public reticence about the vaccine is rapidly diminishing in the face of growing concern about the virus.
Forty-nine per cent of respondents said they intended to get the shot, while six per cent reported already having done so -- a sharp increase over a similar poll last month that found only about a third of those surveyed intended to get vaccinated.
Only 36 per cent of respondents said they had no plans to get the vaccine, a drop of 14 percentage points since early October.
Since that earlier poll, there have been a number of well-publicized deaths related to the pandemic, including 13year-old Evan Frustaglio, an otherwise healthy Toronto-area student.
Such deaths have likely helped to galvanize public concern about the pandemicMore information about the poll is available at www.harrisdecima.com.
-- The Canadian Press