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Should You Consider Getting the Swine Flu Vaccine?

Should You Consider Getting the Swine Flu Vaccine?

With so much media attention, it would be hard to meet anyone who hasn’t heard about the H1N1 virus, also known as the virus that causes the swine flu. There is concern that it will trigger a pandemic that could be deadly to many. But does that mean this vaccination is necessary? The answer: It depends.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that certain people should receive the vaccine when it becomes available. Those individuals are health-care and emergency workers, pregnant women, people as young as 6 months and as old as 24 years, and parents and caretakers of children younger than 6 months old because babies have poor response to vaccines so the adults who care for them should be healthy.

Adults ages 25 to 64 who have medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease or heart disease also should be vaccinated. For those adults who are not sure whether they have underlying medical conditions, they should err on the side of caution and get the vaccine.

Children at least 10 years of age will need only one shot. Like adults, the protection by the vaccine is effective within 10 days of getting the vaccine. However, younger children need two shots three weeks apart because their immune systems need boosts for full protection.

For people who have had the swine flu already, they likely already have immunity from getting it again. But since the symptoms are the same as those of “regular” flu, only testing can confirm if someone actually had swine flu. Therefore, the past flu victim should get a vaccine just in case.

Some people have had the swine flu but didn’t realize it because they had no symptoms. Their immune systems did what they were supposed to do and created the antibodies that conquered the infection before it could do any harm.

If a person knows she or he has had the disease, getting a shot won’t give extra protection. In fact, the shot won’t give any protection. For some people, the effects of the shot actually could be harmful.

There might be periods when the vaccine is in tight supply. If a person doesn’t really need the vaccine but gets it anyway, another person who really needs it may not get the protection. That raises the question of whether some people might die unnecessarily.

In most cases, people who catch the flu — swine or any other — survive its effects with little effort. By getting plenty of rest and a proper diet, the disease can run its course as the symptoms subside. After that, the patient can return to a normal life.

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