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Vaccine safety fears unfounded

Are the official pleas to get an H1N1 vaccine coming into conflict with a high distrust of government, at least in Kansas? In the latest SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, 60 percent of those surveyed said they would not be getting the vaccine, with 33 percent of those folks saying they don't believe the vaccine is safe.On the safety question: Andrew Pekosz, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, told the Washington Post that all the data indicates the H1N1 vaccine is "just as safe as the regular seasonal flu" vaccine, adding that "this was expected, since the 2009 H1N1 vaccine is made in exactly the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine."