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Yes, I will get it for them. 10 35.71%
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:29 AM   #61
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I still don't understand the reason for not getting the vaccine....? Just because it's a new vaccine?

I can wash my hands 10 times a day but if some infected person sneezes on me, I'm still screwed.

I work in IT and our student workers wipe everything with Clorox wipes multiple times a day, and one of our employees already has it.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:32 AM   #62
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Well, I'll be able to tell you what I find after I finish reading all these damn articles.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:52 AM   #63
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If they were in a risk group, like being asthmatic or in bad health, I would let them have it. Otherwise, no. It's not worth it anyway, a flu shot is useless when you're healthy. It changes so quickly that it'll be resisting the vaccine soon enough, and bird flu/swine flu/whatever flu they come up with now is more mild than regular flu.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:58 AM   #64
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and bird flu/swine flu/whatever flu they come up with now is more mild than regular flu.
I keep reading this but from people who have had it this hasn't really been the case. Some healthy people are getting flattened for over a week. Otherwise healthy kids and young adults dying. Doesn't sound really "mild" to me.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:20 AM   #65
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I don't have kids, but I know quite a few people who are very leery of the vaccine because they can't find enough definitive information about the ingredients and side effects.
Like me for example. I don't know what the long term effects are if you take the vaccine. The problem is that flu viruses tend to rapidly mutate into other flu viruses. I know people who get a regular flu vaccine every year, but still get struck by another flu virus.

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If they were in a risk group, like being asthmatic or in bad health, I would let them have it. Otherwise, no. It's not worth it anyway, a flu shot is useless when you're healthy. It changes so quickly that it'll be resisting the vaccine soon enough, and bird flu/swine flu/whatever flu they come up with now is more mild than regular flu.
I agree. A lot of people die of regular flu every year! And they are not mentioned in the media..it all looks like some sort of hype to me.

I'm not surprised that there are people who claim that governments are trying to kill people by giving them certain vaccines. :S
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:39 PM   #66
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I keep reading this but from people who have had it this hasn't really been the case. Some healthy people are getting flattened for over a week. Otherwise healthy kids and young adults dying. Doesn't sound really "mild" to me.
Exactly, for some reason the combo of influenza and pneumonia is more common with this flu. Does this mean it's as virulent as the Spanish Flu, no, but I'm not taking chances.

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Like me for example. I don't know what the long term effects are if you take the vaccine. The problem is that flu viruses tend to rapidly mutate into other flu viruses. I know people who get a regular flu vaccine every year, but still get struck by another flu virus.
Yes, they do, this vaccine is exactly the same as the regular flu vaccine, which has been given for many, many years.


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I agree. A lot of people die of regular flu every year! And they are not mentioned in the media..it all looks like some sort of hype to me.

I'm not surprised that there are people who claim that governments are trying to kill people by giving them certain vaccines. :S
The reason the CDC and the WHO are so concerned is because no one really has natural immunity to this flu. While you are right, people die from influenza every year, a lot more people are going to die from H1N1 because a lot more people are going to get sick. Hence, why I will most certainly be getting the vaccine and I will be urging everyone I know to get it too.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:37 AM   #67
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I still don't understand the reason for not getting the vaccine....? Just because it's a new vaccine?
Kids under 10 can't get it here, it hasn't passed enough clinical trialling to pass yet. There's no shortage of reasons.
http://www.healthemergency.gov.au/internet/healthemergency/publishing.nsf/Content/2723D54E78BF5739CA2576400027E1E9/$File/090928%20-%20%20Summary%20sheet%20GPs%20and%20pharmacies%20-%20v.4.pdf

I'm personally unsure of what to do. I need to speak to my obstetrician, but I experienced a mild constriction of my airways with my last allergic reaction to penicillin. I've had it 3 times in my life, and each reaction has been substantially worse than the last. It's predicted the next will be 'rather serious', according to the doctor who saw me in emergency last time when my throat tightened but breathing was not cut off entirely, thankfully.

When it comes down to it though, I'm not against doing anything I can to protect my children from risk. This is just another risk among many life already has. I'm not willing though to rush off to get them immunised for every latest disease until I'm absolutely sure. I've always thought the regular flu vaccs were little more than a waste of time as there are so many strains. This isn't a regular flu, but there will always be infections and diseases that are a risk to the vulnerable. Either way, I can't do anything for my kids anyway, but I guess by deep's and others standards I'm irresponsible.
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I've been watching the local news at night and the school closings ticker is busier than it is during a blizzard! The small elementary school where my aunt teaches had 140 cases of H1N1 as of Monday. Since Phil teaches in these schools and carries all their cooties home, I'll be first in line for this vaccine! I was already sick for over three weeks, don't need anything else this season. I am in the group recommended for the vaccine and have no other medical conditions/reactions to vaccine. So in my case it would seem far more risky not to do it....
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #69
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Bah, I didn't even get the opportunity. The vaccine isn't available yet over here and both me and my 5 year old are now symptomatic - loading up on vitamin C & D. Apparently they don't even test for H1N1 unless you are hospitalized.
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Well natch, there's going to be a LOT of cases of the H1N1 flu, because it spreads similarly to the seasonal flu. 200something people have died from the H1N1 flu, whereas 30,000something die in the US every year. The flu is only really dangerous if you have a compromised immune system, hence why a vaccination would be beneficial in that case. The symptoms seem to be the same, so there's really no need to be so fearful of catching it (unless, your immunity is compromised, like I stated above.)

The media have turned this into some huge scare.

Right now, there's major controversy where I am. Apparently NY is the only state requiring everyone working in health care to get the H1N1 vaccine. It sucks because our hospital rotations are obviously required for graduation, so we'd have to do it, whether we like it or not. It sucks even worse because there was a swine flu outbreak in the 1970s, and NY also required practitioners and students to get the vaccination. In turn there were all these lawsuits that popped up because people got seriously ill from it. So now, there's some sort of agreement we'd also have to sign saying we wouldn't sue for getting the H1N1 vaccine.

Anyway, this was the latest discussion among my peers and faculty. I haven't looked up any articles yet, I just thought I'd share.
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I agree that the media has definitely put the scare factor into play, however, the biggest scare factor for me was a family friend losing their 5 year old to the virus. I immediately called my pediatrician who had to put my kids on a waiting list for both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 vaccines--apparently they have already run out and are waiting for more.
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In all my life I've known one person die from the regular flu, but they were 88 years old, and I've known one die from H1N1 he was 8. Which one's been around longer?

I think the screaming over media hype has now become overhyped.
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In all my life I've known one person die from the regular flu, but they were 88 years old, and I've known one die from H1N1 he was 8. Which one's been around longer?

I think the screaming over media hype has now become overhyped.
I agree. What I was told is that this is different from regular seasonal flu in that people that are young and healthhy are being hospitalized and even dying. So in order to decide whether to get the virus, I would definitely examine H1N1 on its own and not lump it in with "the flu".
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i really don't know what to do. i have a lung, erm, condition, and though i rarely get sick, nor have i ever had a flu shot before, the mortality rate for young adults (though how young? i'm now an ancient 32) does give me pause.
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200something people have died from the H1N1 flu, whereas 30,000something die in the US every year.
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In all my life I've known one person die from the regular flu, but they were 88 years old, and I've known one die from H1N1 he was 8. Which one's been around longer?
I've not known anybody to die from the regular flu. Though I know a number of people who have had H1N1 and are still alive. Odds are odds are odds. They can be different from our own experiences. That's not to lessen your experience, though. Sorry for your loss.
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