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Compare Health Insurance for Coverage of Swine Flu Vaccine

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The best way avoid the swine flu that has caused over 4,000 deaths is by getting the vaccine, according to “CDC’s swine flu toll: 4,000 dead, 22 million ill” by Lauran Neergaard of the AP.  The number of deaths is quadruple original estimates because without many people seeking medical care for the swine flu (or H1N1), it has been a hard number to quantify.  It’s still very early in the season and 22 million Americans have already been sick with the swine flu.

To find out if your swine flu vaccine is covered you have to compare health insurance.  But finding that vaccine might be even more difficult.  An AP poll shows that 1 out of 6 parents has vaccinated at least one of their children, but that at least 14% more have been looking for vaccines to no avail.  The CDC urges those adults looking for vaccines for themselves and/or their children to be patient because more become available every day.

Even with many deaths and millions of illnesses, the majority of the public seems not to view swine flu as a very big threat.  Many have been fed up with the “hype” and a lack of vaccine availability.  Only about a quarter of poll respondents said that they will continue to search for a vaccine that they haven’t gotten their hands on yet.  The CDC hopes that their statistics will get more people to seek out the vaccine for their children and themselves since getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of a deadly new flu strain.