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Vaccinating The Nation

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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?

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • mrszsmith4906 By mrszsmith4906
    08.25.09  

    I dont think this is a very good idea. Before i put my childs life at risks i would like to know the govt' has tested this vac' enough so no wrong is done to anyones family, it will become a worse proble than the swine flu itself.

  • dolores47 By dolores47
    08.25.09  

    Before my family or I receive this vaccine, I will research more about it. I have always taught my kids to wash their hands, keep their hands away from their face and eat healthy foods. I believe these practices will go a long way in keeping us healthier.

  • BMDsMommy By BMDsMommy
    08.25.09  

    I have gotten the regular flu shot for the past three years, and I still get the flu every year. If we are just more careful with washing our hands and touching surfaces, there will be no need for ANOTHER vaccine.

  • naturelvr By naturelvr
    08.25.09  

    Have you ever completely read the warnings and side effects that come with any over the counter medications - including asprin? That is scary. There are so many chemicals and warnings out about everything we consume that I do not think this vaccine could be by far any worse than the medicine we take every day. My concern is that when this first broke out, they were saying on the news people were getting together to have H1N1 parties to build their resistance by spreading the flu. This scares me enough to take the vaccine.

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