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:
- Am I or my family member in a high risk group? (senior citizen, pregnant, or a child)
- Am I at risk for coming in contact with the sickness?
- Is my immune system weak?
- What does my doctor advise?
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.