H1N1 Vaccine & Seasonal Flu Vaccine
The H1N1 swine flu vaccine is expected to be available in Fall 2009 for the 2009-2010 flu season. The H1N1 swine flu vaccine is not the same as the seasonal flu vaccine that many Americans receive annually. The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected protect against the swine flu. The seasonal flu vaccine is expected to be available prior to the release of the H1N1 vaccine but the CDC states that both vaccinations can be given on the same day if available. The CDC encourages Americans to get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible and then get the H1N1 vaccine as it becomes available. The H1N1 vaccination is expected to be available as a nasal inhalation and a intramuscular injection.
H1N1 Vaccine Contradictions & Recommendations
The swine flu or H1N1 vaccine is contraindicated in anyone who has severe allergic reactions to chickens or eggs or any other component of the vaccine. The CDC recommends that all pregnant women and those who live with or care for children who are under the age of six months get the H1N1 vaccination. The CDC also recommends everyone aged 6 months to 24 years of age receive the vaccine as well as anyone ages 25 to 64 who have chronic health issues or a compromised immune system. Currently, reports have shown that the risk to adults over the age of 65 are lower than that of the younger population. Once available, the H1N1 swine flu vaccine should be offered to the recommended population first and then to extended populations such as those over 65 years of age and healthy 25 to 64 year old individuals.
H1N1 Vaccine Side Effects
Side effects are rare with seasonal flu vaccines and the CDC expects the side effects of the H1N1 vaccine to be rare as well. Side effects from flu vaccinations are generally mild soreness and redness to the injection site, fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and headache. Flu vaccines pose the risk of severe life threatening allergic reactions that usually occur within a few minutes to hours following the administration of the vaccine. Life threatening allergic reactions to flu vaccines are rare and it is speculated that occurrences will be rare with the H1N1 vaccine also. The CDC reports that the benefits of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine outweigh associated side effects and potential risks.
H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine – More Information
The H1N1 vaccination will be available to organizations such as; Doctors offices, health departments, workplaces, schools, clinics, and pharmacies. Visit CDC.gov or your local health department for more information on where and when you can receive your H1N1 swine flu vaccination.
Further information about the H1N1 swine flu vaccination is available at the swine flu page on CDC.gov. The World Health Organization also offers important information and updates about the swine flu vaccination.