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Poll: Romanians don’t trust anti swine-flu vaccine

Most of the Romanians are prepared to go to the doctor should the first new flu symptoms appear, but less than half are actually willing to be inoculated against AH1N1. A study put together by Future Marketing shows that 84 per cent in a sample of interviewees would choose to see a doctor if they observe flu symptoms, while 2 percent are actually looking to obtain informed data from medical sources. Internet and other media are what 70 per cent of the Romanians use as information source regarding prevention and treatment from swine flu.


The study also shows that, although fearing flu consequences, 57 per cent of the Romanians are not willing to vaccinate themselves. Most of the interviewed people do not trust the vaccine efficiency due to either “insufficient testing” or “lack of efficiency over the virus,” others consider they don’t need it, as “the flu is not a real threat.”


Of the 40 percent who said they would choose inoculation, only half would use the Romanian vaccine, using as argument the fact that they don’t trust Romanian medical specialists or local pharmaceutical products.


Meanwhile in the country, the infected toll reached 1400, according to the latest official count from the Health Ministry, only over the past 24 hours, 100 new cases were diagnosed, most of them in Bucharest area.


For the infection spread prevention, the Health Ministry has decided suspending classes for a seven day period in several kindergartens, schools and high schools in Bucharest and in the worst affected areas in the country. Thus, in Bucharest, some of the schools incluse Central School, Dimitrie Gusti College, Emil Racovita, Iulia Hasdeu and Henri Coanda High schools as well as schools number 56, 99, 118, 175.


Also the Mens Sana in Corpore Sano kindergarten unit in Bucharest will be closed for a week. Other prevention measures in schools include epidemiological triage and disinfecting material distribution. The Hospital Administration in Bucharest has also disinfected most of the schools where several cases were diagnosed and distributed large quantities of protection equipment fro the medical teams and teachers as well as disinfectants.


Meanwhile, a case was signalled yesterday in Botosani, where a 2 year old girl died. The first medics’ suspicions went to swine flu complications, but after post-mortem testing it became clear the little girl died of pneumonia. Another swine flu death suspicion was last week when a man, also in Botosani, died of lung complications.

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