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Still waiting on flu vaccine

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In an article from MSNBC on October 21, 2009 the flu vaccine will not be fully available until mid-November. According to the article an official from the CDC wants everyone to take extra precautions this flu season until the vaccine is available.

In a flyer that was put out in October 2009 by the New York State Department of Health, this season of swine does not have the same effect as the seasonal flu on persons 65 and older. In fact it states that seniors are LEAST likely to get sick from the H1N1 flu.

What about those who have an underlying medical condition, such as COPD or any other respiratory disease. These people are at the top of the list of high risk.Their immune system is already compromised and may not be able to handle such a invasion.  Are these people to wait until the middle of Novemember  or would it be to late for them. It is understandable that those at high risk are getting this vaccine, but are they truly focusing on all those that are at high risk.

What happens if this strand of swine flu mutates and begins to affect those older persons who's immunne system is weak? There have already been more that 80 deaths in NYS from swine flu. This would indeed cause an even bigger shortage in the flu vaccine.

Until this is a more solid solution of when this vaccine will be come avaliable, there is nothing more to do but to be extra cautious with your health.

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Comments

  • Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN 5 years ago

    Actually, seniors over 65, with or without chronic medical conditions, are the last in line for the H1N1 vaccine. The ones who will get it first are: pregnant women, those taking care of a baby less than 6 months old, healthcare workers and emergency personnel, healthy people age 6 months to 24 years and people 25 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions which weaken the immune system. After these groups are given the vaccine, then the CDC recommends that all people ages 25 to 64 can have it. Then, once supply and demand for all these people is met, the CDC recommends it to be given to adults 65 and older. www.copd.about.com.

  • Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN 5 years ago

    Whew, I can't believe it, but it is true, per the CDC. The CDC does recommend those at risk get the pneumonia vaccine, tho, because people with swine flu are dying from secondary pneumonia. www.copd.about.com/od/copdbasics/qt/bacterialpnaandswineflu.htm