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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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  • Magyyy20001 By Magyyy20001
    08.25.09  

    I am on the fence about getting the flu vaccine at all. On one hand I read Jenny McCarthy's book on her son's struggle with Autism linking it to vaccinations. On the other hand I hate getting the flu. My children are 13 and 14 and have had flu vaccinations in the past without any visible harm. I heard that mercury is used in the process and I don't want that in my families bodies. I am still pondering whether or not to vaccinate family.

  • P_Celaya By P_Celaya
    08.24.09  

    As a person who has been testing for the Flu all summer and will continue to do. Every year they change the sesonal flu vaccine to try to include the strain that is going to infect the coming flu season. They do not test everytime they change the strain. I don't see how this one is any different. I am not going to base my decision on something that happend over 30 years ago. So, I will not hesitate to take this vaccine. I will be one of the first ones since I am a healthcare worker. We will see once school kicks off all over the US how this will spread..we have already begun to see an increase recently, and no sign of slowing down. I test for a community hospital in a very large city and everyone is on edge...not because of the press or the government, but because of facts. We are starting to get really stressed, because of how busy we are getting. I will be getting this vaccine and the seasonal one.

  • b_oloo2008 By b_oloo2008
    08.24.09  

    I'm not exactly for the vaccine. I work in healthcare, so I will probably end up getting it. You can get Guillain Barre Syndrome just from getting any type of virus, especially the fu virus. I imagine in 30 plus years they have advance enough in science that history will not repeat itself like what happened in 1976.

  • BeckyT By BeckyT
    08.23.09  

    I really beleive this flu has everything to do with government experiments,now the public has gone into a panic for a vaccine. There will be a lot of people used as guiena pigs for the test. Why did this occur so quickly,,and in summer months???? I was talked into taking experimental drugs,out of fear I did more damage to myself than the disease. What will the next panic be about? No ,I do not think this is the right way to get people to "try" these vaccinations.

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas
    08.23.09  

    I'm still iffy on the subject. I do take the normal precauions as mentioned by others, but that is not 100% going to keep you from getting swine / h1n1 flu. I do get a regular flu shot each year so... ehh...

  • hvacgal By hvacgal
    08.22.09  

    I agree, we dont know side effects or possible long term effects. I have always encouraged my children to wash their hands as often as possible. A little common sense and hand washing goes a long way in keeping most illness away!

  • BlondieKAA By BlondieKAA
    08.22.09  

    We won't be getting the vaccination. I just don't like the newness of the shot, and don't feel comfortable about it without knowing the potential side effects (not just short term, but long term, too!!) I think there's a lot we can do to try to stay healthy, with eating healthy, taking vitamins and washing hands. Maybe it won't completely prevent the flu, but I think that's a good start and better than getting the vaccination.

  • Stacelet By Stacelet
    08.21.09  

    I get a "regular" flu shot every year, but this one sort of scares me as well because of the of testing. I think I will hold off and take every "natural " precaution instead. I actually know someone who was diagnosed with a confirmed case of H1N1 and he said getting on the anti-virals within 2 days of getting sick made a HUGE difference. So I guess my approach will be no shot, but if I do get flu-like symptoms I will be at the doctor pretty quickly.

  • tiiuona By tiiuona
    08.21.09  

    I for one do not take flu shots and have not for six years. When one reads what they use in putting together these shots, why would anyone want to put something so alien and so foreign into YOUR body? Because the goverment says so that we do it? Wash your hands, teach your family to wash their hands and I think if we all took these measures we would all better off.

  • Pepperjune By Pepperjune
    08.21.09  

    Amen! Veelove23!!!! you are right on!

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