TORONTO - Canadians don't seem to see the H1N1 virus as a personal threat, and few currently plan to get vaccinated against the virus, a new poll indicates.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll suggests interest in the swine flu vaccine has declined in Canada, with only a third of people now saying they will get the shot, compared to 45 per cent in late August.......
..... The poll, conducted from Oct. 1 to 5, suggests at this point people don't believe this virus will have much impact on their lives.
Only 11 per cent of people described themselves as very concerned about H1N1, and 25 per cent said they were somewhat concerned. Nearly two-thirds of people said they either were not very concerned or weren't concerned at all about H1N1
Three-quarters of Canadians surveyed felt they would be exposed to seasonal flu this winter, but only 45 per cent felt they would be exposed to the pandemic virus.
Only five per cent of respondents felt they were very likely to contract swine flu, and 72 per cent felt they were not that likely or not likely at all to get infected with the new virus. In contrast, 18 per cent felt they were very likely to get sick with seasonal flu.
The apparent belief that seasonal flu poses a greater risk at this point than the pandemic virus flies in the face of the virological reports of what flu viruses are circulating in the world at this point......