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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?

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  • mandap87 By mandap87
    09.02.09  

    doesnt it seem a little too dangerous to just vaxinate yourself and your children when it couldnt have been tested enough to find the full amount of side effects. I dont even get the regular flu shot for myself. What ever happened to just keeping yourself protected by staying clean, keeping things out of your childrens mouths, and HAND WASHING!!

  • Melissa_1 By Melissa_1
    09.05.09  

    I agree with smallangels.

  • lizzy0225 By lizzy0225
    09.05.09  

    So we all need to vaccinate our children against this if the swine flu becomes as bad as they say it will. I know that there are some that do not agree citing the vaccine may hurt us. The truth is that if the swine flu becomes an epidemic people need to be vaccinated. The vaccination has to be FDA approved so the benifits must outweigh the risks. When those at risk are not vaccinated it allows others to become infected such as when one child does not get there measles vaccination and gives it to an infant who is not old enough to get that vaccination.

  • DebbyDeluxe By DebbyDeluxe
    09.05.09  

    This whole thing really bothers me. I have two children under the age of 4. My daughter starts preschool this year. I teach in a middle school. And middle schoolers are not the cleanest people around. So the germ fest will be at full force. I don't want to pump my small children with something I hardly know about. Yes, technology has come a long way, but there have been some devastating results from rushing vaccines into the population.

  • KarynH By KarynH
    09.05.09  

    I dont trust the vaccination - it hasn't been around long enough or tested enough. I would refuse to get it and refuse to let my daughter get it.

  • Bell_Fein By Bell_Fein
    09.05.09  

    This vaccine is being sent out without being fully and thoroughly tested. I will not be getting this vaccine and neither will any of my family.

  • krispy76 By krispy76
    09.05.09  

    "The vaccination has to be FDA approved so the benifits must outweigh the risks" Seriously? Have you seen the list of drugs that were FDA approved that were then recalled because they pose a danger? I trust the goverment less every day. There is no way I'm putting my health or my child's health in their hands.

  • wvan47330 By wvan47330
    09.08.09  

    I will be discussing the vaccine with my childrens peds. and also with my 8 yr old Rheumatogist. My 8 yr old is on meds that surpress her immune system so any flu including the H1N1 is a really bad thing for her. All 3 girls got the flu vaccine last yr and will again the H1N1 maybe be on our list.

  • ncarlson06 By ncarlson06
    09.16.09  

    Working at a hospital has made up my mind majorly on vaccinations. I will have the swine flu vaccination because we see so many sick people daily, it would be stupid for me not too. But I will not only rely on that sole vaccination. I plan to make sure that everything is clean around me as much as possible, by washing my hands and cleaning my desk at work daily. These are little things that people do not do which causes bacteria to spread so quickly.

  • FutureMrsBoudreau By FutureMrsBoudreau
    09.16.09  

    I would never get this vaccination! Nor would I let my child! I don't even get vaccinated from the regular flu and they don't suggest if for children under 6, since my son is 2 that is also a no go. I realize to prevent him from getting the flu I should get vaccinated but as they say with the swine flu, WASH WASH WASH to avoid contamination!

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