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Almost half of Americans think H1N1 outbreak is over.

Byline: ANI

Washington, Feb 6 (ANI): Almost half of the Americans believe that the H1N1 outbreak is over, according to a new study.

While 18pct think it is "very likely" there will be another widespread outbreak of the H1N1 virus in the U.S. during the next 12 months, 43pct said they believe such an outbreak is "somewhat likely."

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) children are a priority group for the vaccine.

The study revealed that there has been an increase in the number of adults overall who have gotten the H1N1 vaccine.

Of those adults who did get the vaccine, 90pct received the injectable form, while 10pct received the nasal spray.

However, a significant majority of all adults did not get the vaccine and do not intend to.

Those who don't get the vaccination done don't think the H1N1 outbreak is as serious now as public officials once thought (37pct).

About 35 pct are concerned about safety risks from the vaccine while 30pct do not think they are at risk of getting a serious case of H1N1.

The study also revealed that a good 59-pct adults rated the overall response of public health officials to the H1N1 outbreak as "excellent" or "good."

Conversely, 39pct rated the overall response as "fair" or "poor." In the view of more than half of adults, public health officials spent "the right amount" of attention on the H1N1 flu outbreak, owever some spent "too much" attention. (ANI)

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