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Many MP's Say No to Vaccine

Published tisdag 20 oktober 2009 kl 10.02
Swedish parliament

In order for the Swine Flu vaccine to have any long term effect, 80 % of the Swedish population needs to get the shot, according to experts.  Despite this, a survey carried out by Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter shows that only 73% of Swedish MPs want the vaccine. The idea of vaccination out of solidarity with the weaker in society seems to have been lost on them, writes DN on Tuesday morning.

The survey shows that 73% of MPs say that they will get the shot, 12 % said that they wouldn’t and 15% that they were undecided or unwilling to answer the question. Most of those not wanting to get vaccinated argue that they are “of general good health” or “not belonging to a risk group.

Maria Larsson thinks that it is particularly important that MPs get vaccinated against Swine Flu.

“There are three reasons to get vaccinated: to protect oneself, to get the shot out of solidarity with other people and to protect important social functions.  MPs lead a very active life and meet many people, and therefore I think that it is a good idea to get the shot,” she said.

Despite the results of Dagens Nyheter’s survey, Larsson is not disappointed.

“I think it is great that so many are in favour of getting vaccinated,” she said to DN.

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