Give Your Child the Swine Flu Vaccine?

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Give Your Child the Swine Flu Vaccine?
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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 3:28pm
How many parents are eager to jump on the bandwagon with giving all children the swine flu vaccine in the fall? I am not. I keep reading about schools are going to be used for vaccination clinics and children will be targeted first and foremost. I am already wondering how many children will needlessly suffer due to a vaccine that hasn't been thoroughly tested in the proper amount of time.
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 7:51pm

not a chance.


ok so they are making this vaccine, and someone correct me if I am wrong, but they are concerned about the virus becoming more severe thus causing more deaths.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 8:02pm

New strains = new vaccines = new way to make money....

From what I understand, they will make the new vaccine exactly like they make other flu vaccines. They will just switch the particular strain.

I would not be able to handle going into a nursing home this fall. I bet the death-rate will sky-rocket after their vaccine programs get started!

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 8:54pm
yeah that is what I assumed (or read) but I figured since this new strain is relatively unknown it would be more difficult to predict the mutations that would/could occur thus would render any vaccine made off of what we currently know about it futile.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 10:29pm
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 10:53pm

This came out a few years ago...long before we ever heard the words swine or pig with the word flu. It freaked me out then, and it still freaks me out today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcniJxck0gI&feature=related

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 7:13am

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H1N1 itself is not a "novel" virus, in that it is a subtype of influenza (A), most commonly affecting humans. Most influenza cases are of influenza A. The particular strain receiving so much media attention is a new mutation of the strain of H1N1 that usually infects pigs, but each year a new vaccine is developed for influenza, based on current mutations -- which is why people are vaccinated annually (if they so choose), because the strains are always changing and it's not usually the same strain circulating from one year to the next.

So .. from that point of view, every year the flu vaccine is starting off in the same way that this "NEW" H1N1 vaccine is -- it just doesn't get the media attention that this vaccine is getting, and -- this vaccine is even more fast-tracked than the already fast-tracked seasonal influenza vaccine! If that makes sense? The companies who make flu vaccine are using the same recipe (so to speak) .. but using the new antigen. The vaccine itself will not probably be more risky than the usual seasonal flu vaccine -- but I still don't know that its necessary to vaccinate the entire population against it -- especially kids.




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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 9:57am
Heh Thanks Crunchy - I know they grow up so fast!





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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 12:39pm

No correction here - you're not wrong.

Rands

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 12:56pm
it does make sense. i do not take the flu shot each year for that exact reason, for my situation I figure why take a risk with all of the "extras"- controversial ingredients, possible ae, etc.

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 5:06pm
No way! Not in me or my kids! Thankfully my kids aren't school age so they won't be vaxed w/o my knowledge or permission either.