SHESPEAKS Your Power to Influence

Vaccinating The Nation

Vaccinating The Nation

As we all gear up for the new school year, health officials are busy getting ready to introduce the new H1N1 flu vaccine to the public.  It is being reported that the vaccine should be available some time in October.  School age children, health care workers, and pregnant women will be some of the first in line to receive the swine flu shots.  Many schools around the country will double as vaccination centers, some offering free shots, to make sure as many children as possible are inoculated against the virus. 

Schools are also taking extra precautions by encouraging parents to keep their children at home when they are at all feverishNewsweek reports that schools in Minneapolis have installed tamper-proof soap dispensers in all restrooms to make sure children have the chance to wash their hands. 

Though the original swine flu outbreak has been considered relatively mild, government health officials are preparing for the worst.  They are considering the possibility that the virus could become more serious and widespread with the onset of winter. 

With pregnant women and young children first in line to get the swine flu shot, some people are left worrying about the safety of the new vaccine and whether it has been tested long enough to get effective results.  A recent Reuters article discusses some of the concerns people have about the new vaccine. 

One of the top concerns is rooted in the public's memory of reports from 1976 when the U.S. government began a massive nationwide immunization against the swine flu of that time.  Though the swine flu of 1976 never spread further than a military base, several hundred cases of Guillain Barre Syndrome were reported after receiving vaccinations.  Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare neurological disease that can paralyze a person and in some instances lead to death.  More people suffered from this disease than those affected by the actual swine flu.

Do you trust that the new swine flu vaccine will be safe?

Will you be taking any extra precautions this fall to guard against flu?

Make a Comment

Comment  *
 
 
  • krystlnickel By krystlnickel
    08.26.09  

    I do not think this is a good idea either because of the risk factors associated with the shot. I am very scared about this because my husband is in the military and they are REQUIRED to get all vaccinations. I hate the fact that he has to do this, but he has to, and all I can do is pray and have faith that it will be alright.

  • DeniseLynn777 By DeniseLynn777
    08.26.09  

    Well, I must say I was sitting on the fence about this one. So glad to hear from all of you. Because of these responses, I will not be giving my daughter the swine fu vax. I think I am going to explore more prevetative measures and post them if I feel they are worth posting, other than washing your hands.

  • bellastarr By bellastarr
    08.26.09  

    I don't get the regular flu shot, so I wont be getting this one either. I have in previous years gotten my daughter the reg. flu shot because of her being in school. I just started homeschooling her this year so she wont be getting any form of the flu shot this year.

  • andrea909 By andrea909
    08.27.09  

    I'm relieved to read that other mothers feel as I do. The whole thing seems like a marketing campaign for vaccine companies. They make it seems as though everyone is going to be getting it and you're a fool if you don't. I wouldn't dream of giving it to my 6 month old.

  • Bitesizedjuli By Bitesizedjuli
    08.27.09  

    I won't be getting this shot because I never usually get flu shots and I'm fine. I will be taking precautions against the regular flu for winter.

  • caseycolette By caseycolette
    08.27.09  

    omg i was going to get one now i odnt know about it! maybe i shouldnt- but surely this vaccine has been improved upon in 30 or 40 years and they learned from their mistake. now im going 2 be carrying a constant bottle of germ x

  • COLLDAWN By COLLDAWN
    08.27.09  

    MY FAMILY JUST RECOVERED FROM THE H1N1 BUG. WE ALL DID FINE EXCEPT MY 5 YR. OLD, WHO WAS ADMITTED INTO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR BRONCHIAL INFECTION & MYOTITIS. THIS CAN BE VERY SERIOUS,SO PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR KIDS WHEN THEY COMPLAIN OF LEG PAIN WITH THE FLU OR RIGHT AFTER.

  • jamesandteresabaker By jamesandteresabaker
    08.27.09  

    I'm in health care and do have concerns about long term testing of the vaccine. I'm not sure how honest the government but don't want to wait until the sitiuation is too serious. I have been told that my job will be making employees get the shot. I'm not sure what is true.

  • harriedmomof2 By harriedmomof2
    08.28.09  

    My kids and I have never gotton a flu vaccine and we have never caught the flu, that being said I am a little on the fence with this swine flu. I am pretty sure that we will not be getting it however i am going to talk to the kids dr. I trust him very much and see what he has to say.

  • rulistenin By rulistenin
    08.28.09  

    The media has definitely put the 'fear factor' into taking this shot. Right now, I have no intentions of getting this shot. Thanks for all your commens from 'smallangels' on down.

More stories like this