While the long term effects of the swine flu vaccines in the very young have yet to be tabulated, short term effects can be seen from effects of testing in regular, seasonal flu vaccines. The swine flu virus vaccination is usually very quick in infants usually starting with discomfort and symptoms for some days afterward.
Swine Flu Virus Injection Site Symptoms
At the injection site, there will most likely be swelling which is sore and reddened which will usually abate after a few days. If this doesn’t happen and the site of the swine flu virus injection gets worse, it might be a symptom of some other problem. A child presenting worse symptoms should be seen by a medical professional.
As well as redness, there might be an accompanying low grade fever, fatigue, lethargy, a runny nose and irritability. Because swine flu virus vaccines have eggs as well as other allergic reacting ingredients, that can come in antibiotics as well as gelatin. As a result, caregivers should be extra vigilant when it comes to tracking signs of allergic reactions in infants after they have gotten the H1N1 virus vaccination. Some signs to monitor include swelling and redness, hives and difficulty in breathing.
Tylenol should be avoided in pain relief, because it actually decreases the effectiveness of the vaccine when administered.
Some long term side effects can be quite severe. In addition to the minor, local side effects like injection site redness and swelling there are some reported swine flu virus vaccination effects include: Guillain-Barre Syndrome which is an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy* or a autoimmune disorder that can cause an ascending paralysis which results in a weakness in the legs and is usually severe.
It is also believed that there is other types of neurological damage which results in autism, ADHD and ADD from the additives like mercury, egg protein, antibiotics, formaldehyde and monosodium glutamate in the the formulation of the swine flu virus vaccine.
Babies Under Six Months Old
The CDC or Centers for Disease Control have not approved any swine flu virus vaccination for infants under the age of six months. This does not mean that these very young are not vulnerable. As a result, you will want to take extra care in order to keep your child safe. Some common sense techniques will go a long way towards reducing your child’s potential exposure to this dangerous influenza virus.
Avoid People Who Are Sick
This may seem like common sense, but it can often be forgotten in the rush of living. If you see someone who is obviously sick (i.e. coughing, sneezing, runny nose, etc). This is doubly important if you’re a caregiver for an infant. As a caregiver, you will also want to avoid getting sick by getting a swine flu virus vaccination.
Pregnant? Get The Swine Flu Virus Vaccination
If you’re pregnant, it is very much recommended that you get vaccinated against the swine flu virus, because it will keep you from getting sick and it will protect the fetus as well. While this is recommended, manufacturers of the swine flu virus vaccine do not recommend it for pregnant women because there is not any current testing for side effects and long term effects.
When it comes to vaccinating your infant or yourself if you’re pregnant, it is really a personal decision. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there for and against the swine flu virus vaccine. Depending on your personal circumstances and levels of exposure, you should talk with your health care professional to figure out what works best for you and your family.
* Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillain%E2%80%93Barr%C3%A9_syndrome
The Examiner, http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-29228-LA-Health-Technology-Examiner~y2009m11d12-Common-H1N1-Vaccine-Side-Effects–Immediate-and-Local-Adverse-Affects-from-Swine-Flu-Vaccination