Friday, October 30, 2009

Pros and Cons About Getting Swine Flu Vaccine

There continue to be many questions about the swine flu vaccine. Some are running to stand in line for the shot and others are taking a wait and see attitude. No one can make this decision for you, but you should know that every year the flu (the seasonal flu) takes the life of 36,000 people according to the CDC. The problem with the seasonal flu is that it takes a different strain every year. You cannot develop an immunity to the flu.

The swine flu (H1N1) is something different again. So even if you get the regular flu shot you will not be protected against the swine flu. This is the first time there has been a vaccination for H1N1 and this vaccination has had no significant research behind it.

Take the time to check out the Centers for Disease Control Web site to help you make a wise decision about this vaccination.

Before you vaccinate you should consider:
  1. Am I or my family member in a high risk group? (senior citizen, pregnant, or a child)
  2. Am I at risk for coming in contact with the sickness?
  3. Is my immune system weak?
  4. What does my doctor advise?
Take precautions such as good hand washing. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and protect your hands when coughing and sneezing. Regularly use liquid hand sanitizer. Never touch the door handles in a public place with your bare hand. Always use a tissue or gloves to protect your hands.

If you feel the usual flu symptoms, immediately see your doctor. Do not wait until you are seriously ill. Swine flu can kill you if you do not get treatment in time.

Now that you have all the warnings, you should remember to use your common sense. Proper protection is really the best means of preventing the seasonal flu or swine flu.

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