Worried about Flu Vaccines?

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Registered: 02-21-2003
Worried about Flu Vaccines?
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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 1:58pm
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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 9:47am

The only thing I'm worried about is the possibility (a big one, at this point) of my high-risk son getting swine flu before the vaccine is available to him.



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Registered: 10-14-2009
Wed, 10-14-2009 - 6:25pm
There are no studies about long term effects of the swin flu vaccine so me and my son will not
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 10-15-2009 - 11:14am

that's an interesting spin.


honestly,i'm a bit surprised by how fast a vaccine was developed on a virus so new.

 

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 10-15-2009 - 11:29am
Do you and your son get the regular seasonal flu shots?
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Registered: 02-04-2009
Fri, 10-16-2009 - 12:04am

It's a flu virus. They create new vaccines for flu every single year, because flu is a quickly mutating family of viruses. The seasonal flu vaccine is developed the same way--by scientists gathering data in the spring as to the most prevelant strains and guessing which ones will make a strong comeback showing in the fall.

The only real difference here is that the 2009 H1N1 (which is different from the seasonal flu strain also known as H1N1) is a known entity and its vaccine was developed for it specifically.

http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/vaccine_keyfacts.htm

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