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American swine flu fears grow: poll

One in three Americans believes they or a family member will get swine flu this season, up from one in five in May, a poll published Friday found, suggesting growing concern about the pandemic.

"A doctor demonstrates how to carry out the flu vaccination against the H1N1. One in three Americans believes they or a family member will get swine flu this season, up from one in five in May, a poll published Friday found, suggesting growing concern about the pandemic."

Fifty-five percent of the 1,007 adults queried also said they planned to get vaccinated against A(H1N1), a nine percent rise over the previous survey, the USA Today/Gallup poll said.

The poll's margin of error was plus or minus four percent.

A separate survey by the American Red Cross poll said that 78 percent of Americans are making an effort to cover their mouths when they cough and 76 percent are washing their hands frequently to ward off spread of the virus.

That poll, released Thursday, surveyed 1,002 adults and had a 3.1 percent margin of error.

According to the Red Cross's findings, 62 percent said they would get vaccinated.

"Clearly they're taking the threat seriously," Red Cross research director Sharron Silva told USA Today.

White House science advisors warned on Monday that swine flu could infect as much as half of the population by the end of the US winter and cause up to 90,000 deaths.

The World Health Organization said Friday that at least 2,185 people have died worldwide in the swine flu pandemic since the virus was uncovered in April, up from the 1,799 deaths posted on the WHO website over a week ago.

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