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Flu vaccine holdouts could aid and abet pandemic

The nation could be on the verge of a serious swine flu crisis – one that could strain the health system’s ability to cope with it. But many parents and health professionals are reacting to the pandemic with little more than a ho-hum and a shoulder shrug.

Only slightly more than half of parents say they plan to have their children vaccinated with doses being shipped this week. And the Washington State Nurses Association, the union representing MultiCare Health System nurses, is resisting the company’s requirement that employees either get flu shots or wear face masks when near patients.

That’s mind-boggling.

Here are some facts worth considering by the vaccine holdouts: Read more »