The Emotional Epidemiology of H1N1 Influenza Vaccination

  1. Written by Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D. this appears in New England Journal of Medicine

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    Last spring, when 2009 H1N1 influenza first came to our attention, my patients were in a panic. Our clinic was flooded with calls and walk-in patients, all with the same question: "When will there be a vaccine?"

    It was all so new then, and we didn't have an answer. That lack of answer seemed to fuel anxiety to a fever pitch. A substantial co- hort of my patients continued calling, almost on a weekly basis, to ask about the vaccine.

    These, of course, were the same patients who routinely refused the seasonal flu vaccine. Each year we'd go through the same drill: I'd offer them the flu shot. I'd explain the clinical reasoning behind this recommendation. I'd strongly encourage vaccination.
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