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Flu Fears Perpetuated By What Doctors Call False Information

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flu fears are actually putting members of one minority group at greater risk of getting sick. Doctors are striking down the words of a popular radio show host.

Nashville's number one drive time personality is nowhere near Nashville, but a recent radio topic on station 92-Q is prompting a damage control campaign among local African Americans.

"Blacks and Hispanics are really affected by this - more than other groups," said nationally syndicated radio host Michael Baisden.

The reluctance to the H1N1 vaccine could very well be rooted in the Tuskegee syphilis study. Decades ago, scientists in a medical experiment withheld information about treatment from some of the African American subjects they were testing.

"To suppose that there might be a certain group of people who would do worse with this vaccine, or there's a certain group of people that don't need a vaccine - all that does is help the virus spread. All that does is put more people at risk," said Vanderbilt Children's Hospital's associate chief of staff, Dr. Paul Hain.

A Nashville mother of two, Anita Woodard, said she never heard the anti-vaccine show. She said she would not have listened anyway.

"If it's going to keep you from getting it, get it," said Woodard. "I've got it. I filled out their papers through Metro schools for them to get it. So, it's just a matter of time before they get their shots."

Doctors at Vanderbilt insist the H1N1 vaccine was formulated the same way the flu shot has been made for years, only with a different strain. It is a strain that is extremely contagious, and threatening to a typically healthy age group.

"Call your physician, call your clinician, or whoever you're dealing with and get the information," said 92-Q program director Kenny Smoov.

Radio show personality Michael Baisden, who is out of Dallas, does cite a couple doctors of his own who do not support the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Their concern was that the vaccine was rushed and not properly tested. They also said vaccines are dangerous because of chemical additives.

The discussion of the vaccine began when some nurses in America were being forced to get an H1N1 vaccine or risk being fired.

Local radio station 92-Q does carry Michael Baisden's show, but does not necessarily agree with his viewpoints.

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