I work in the psychology building of a campus with 18% psych majors, a large majority of which are freshmen that live in dorms. I consider myself at a high risk of contraction. We’ve already had several cases on campus and thats just summer camp. When school starts its going to be roaring through campus. I’d rather systemically take a little bit now if it saves me from the big time later.
So where is my vaccine? How do I get one? Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. Help!
The CDC and WHO have both reported that most cases of the swine flu were mild, not different than other seasonal flus, and that people who died or required hospitalization had other significant health issues (or were babies/elderly with weak immune systems).
I had the flu in May. It was a miserable experience. My doctor told me that for folks that are otherwise healthy, their treatment for the swine flu wasn’t any different than for other strains of the flu… rest, plenty of liquids, and stay home for 7 days. My doctor had been advised by the state board of health not to bother testing otherwise healthy folks to see which strain it was.
Talk to your family physician. A flu vaccination might be advisable because of the environment you work in. As with most communicable diseases, prevention is the first line of defense. Wash your hands, don’t rub your eyes, and you have a good chance of avoiding it.
So WarmNPrickly nails the logic down. Its a very similar product made exactly the same way as previous A/H1N1 influenza vaccines. The risk of something significantly different showing up in this particular version that has not shown up in multiple other versions is infintesimal. The risk associated with getting the vaccine out too late to do much good is much more substantial.