The rumors about possible side effects of anti-swine flu vaccine seem to have exacted a toll in Saudi Arabia. This piece from Alarabiya TV reports that parents have largely refused to take advantage of the Saudi vaccination program. Fears that side effects include male impotence or sterility have their own potency.
Saudis refuse to give their kids swine flu vaccine
A startling majority of parents in Saudi Arabia have refused to allow the government to administer the swine flu vaccine to their children due to fear of negative side effects.
The Saudi Ministry of Education distributed more than 10 million forms for parents to sign to authorize the vaccination of their children in kindergarten and elementary schools.
But more than 80 percent of the forms were returned with a rejection with fear of side effects believed to be the most likely reason as the form does not require a justification for the rejection.
According to the form, the vaccine is safe and side effects are only nausea and a slight rise in body temperature in addition to the fatigue for a couple of days, which makes it no different to other vaccines for other diseases.