Getting the H1N1 Vaccine?

I’d be interested in hearing from some healthcare professionals out there and what their take is on H1N1.

Last year our entire family got flu shots. It turns out that even though we had flu shots, they missed the mark on the type of flu that was going around. So we wound up getting flu shots for nothing.

Now people are all a buzz about the H1N1 flu that is on it’s way to our schools, day cares, work places, and anything in a public setting. Everybody is running-a-muck on what to do should this pandemic hit us and what to do with our families.

First of all, I’m not so sure I want to get the flu shots OR the H1N1 vaccine this year. I’m not so sure it’s going to be the right thing. Watch the video and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Ok, now I want to hear from you. Are you planning on getting the flu shots, the H1N1 vaccine or both? Why or why not? Thanks!

14 thoughts on “Getting the H1N1 Vaccine?

  1. H1N1 Vaccines and Your Children: The details are in the fine print!

    WARNING: Safety and effectiveness of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers or children <6 months of age. References from the CDC included above. Seeing is believing so take a look not only for yourself, but for your family as well. You will not believe what your own eyes tell you!

  2. I don’t think that pregnant women or babies under 6 months are supposed to get the h1n1 vaccine anyway.

    So far me and my entire family are only planning to have the regular flu shot. For now we are going to pass on the h1n1 because it’s so new.

  3. I am not sure if any of you have had a chance to reconsider but I once thought the vaccine was new and was opting for both myself and my family to not be vaccinated. I have since learned that the H1N1 is potentially fatal (in Canada we have had two very healthy teenagers die of H1N1 last week) and that the vaccine is as safe as any seasonal flu vaccine. 60 minutes did a great segment on Sunday where the compared not being vaccinated to choosing not to use your child’s seatbelt. Very low probability that you will require it, but thankful that you have it if needed.

    At any rate. I have done a complete 360 and will plan on spending hours in line as soon as we have a chance to be vaccinated.


  4. Well Nanci, I am actually on the mend from H1N1. I tested positive for it last Thursday and I’m 39 years old. I spent 5 days in bed and took my last Tamiflu pill today. Even if many have changed their minds about the H1N1 vaccine it’s probably too late. I know it is for me since I’ve already had it.

  5. Angela – I am so sorry to hear that but happy you are on the mend. Yes, 99% of the population will be fine from H1N1, just so scary about the 1% of perfectly healthy people that could not survive.

    Here in Canada, we had a 13 year old boy that went to the hospital with a fever. He was sent home to rest and, after collapsing in his fathers arms after a bath, died later that night. It changed everything for us here in Canada.

  6. And yes it will be too late for almost everyone in North America because it seems like both our countries underestimated the demand for a vaccine. My point on my 360 was that I had changed my mind on the safety of the vaccine in that I now believe it is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine.

    At any rate – feel better.

  7. Thanks Nanci. BTW, I had to delete the links that were anchored to your name because they were not working properly.

  8. I am fighting an outbreak of shingles on my back and therefore have been taking a large amount of Amoxicillin and/or Valtrex for the last 10 days. I also got an H1N1 shot about a week ago. Will the antiviral medications that I’m on reduce the efficacy of the flu shot?

  9. Bob, Amoxycillin does nothing for shingles, so I hope it’s Valtrex that you are taking.

    No, the herpes antivirals will have no effect on your H1N1 vaccination. It’s an entirely different virus and the herpes antivirals are very specific to the herpes family.

  10. Hi Rajah, are you having trouble with this blog’s comment form? I have to ask because I myself was having issues with it the other day.

  11. Thanks for the comments Rajah. The CDC wouldn’t get back to me and GlaxoSmithKline simply deferred to my MD or Pharmacist probably for liability reasons. The pharmacist told me that since the H1N1 shot (which I received) contains a non-live culture that it wouldn’t be effected by any anti-viral drugs. On the other hand evidently the nasal spray contains a live culture which would have been killed quickly by the anti-viral medications.

  12. Bob, the herpes antivirals, acyclovir, valtrex and famvir act by interfering with a single chemical reaction in herpes DNA inside your infected cells that is very specific to herpes virus replication. It doesn’t kill the virus. The inventor of this won a Nobel prize for it.

    The pharmacist doesn’t understand the herpes antivirals. It should have no effect on H1N1, even a live virus vaccine.

  13. Also, if you are going to get vaccinated against N1H1 then you are better suited to get the shot. The nasal mist I hear is not as good.

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