July 29, 2015


Flu Fight

Majority of Canadians prepared to roll up sleeves now, poll shows

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

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