To the Editor: Children have been seen as a key priority group for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza (“swine flu”) vaccination. In Australia and New Zealand, children aged 0–4 years had the highest population rate of intensive care unit admissions for swine flu.1 From 3 December 2009, the Australian Government provided free H1N1-specific influenza vaccine for all Australians aged 6 months and older. However, it was not known how parents and other caregivers would respond to the offer of vaccination. We sought to determine caregivers’ intentions regarding whether their child would receive the pandemic vaccine. The study was approved by the human research ethics committee of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and was conducted in November and December 2009, immediately before, and alongside, the commencement of the pandemic vaccination program for children.
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