H1N1 Facts

Previously, I blogged about swine flu prevention tactics (before the vaccination was available). There has been a lot of confusion about the H1N1 vaccination. I am not going to blog about what I think; instead, I am going to provide information straight from Flu.gov so you can make an informed decision about whether or not this shot is for you.

Also, please check out this PDF from the FDA (pay close attention to sections 8.1, 8.3 & 8.4 if you are pregnant, nursing or considering this vaccine for your child).

  1. Flu.gov recommends that pregnant women and others with health conditions (e.g. asthma, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease and heart disease) should get H1N1 flu shots as soon as they are available in their communities. However, please see the FDA PDF mentioned above.
  2. Clinical trials conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the vaccine manufacturers have shown that the new H1N1 vaccine is both safe and effective.  The FDA has licensed it.  There have been no safety shortcuts.
  3. Top doctors and scientists believe the risk of the flu, especially for pregnant women, children, and people with underlying health conditions, is higher than any risk that might come from the H1N1 vaccine.
  4. H1N1 is produced exactly the same way the seasonal flu vaccine is produced every year.  It is simply a new virus strain.  In fact, had H1N1 struck this country earlier than this spring, the H1N1 strain probably would have been included as part of this year’s seasonal flu shot.
  5. CDC has stepped up surveillance efforts to track the H1N1 vaccine and any possible adverse events. Since it is so closely related to the seasonal flu vaccine, we do not expect to see serious side effects.  But we are taking all the necessary steps to promote and monitor safety.
  6. The National Institutes of Health and the vaccine manufacturers have conducted more rigorous tests on the H1N1 vaccine than they do on other flu vaccines, and there have been no red flags from these clinical trials.

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12 Thoughts to “H1N1 Facts”

  1. I’m so nervous about vac’s to begin w/ that I’m just not going to get this for myself or my 5y/o son. I’m going to arm him w/ a caseload of Purell and make him keep his hands clean …

    And after the side-effects of the flu shot on that poor girl from Virginia (I think) — where she developed Dystonia! I nixed getting the seasonal flu shot for myself.

  2. My family has taken a similar approach as you, we have stocked up on Purell, orange juice and Airborne. My husband has a lot of pressure on him NOT to bring sickness home to me and our toddler. I am still not sure how I feel about the vaccine…

  3. Briana

    Here are just a few more facts. These come directly from the package insert for the H1N1 shot itself:

    1) Use in Pregnancy: Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproductive studies have not been conducted with the H1N1 vaccine. It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. The H1N1 vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

    2) Nursing mothers: The H1N1 vaccine has not been evaluated in nursing mothers. It is not known whether the vaccine is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when the vaccine is administered to a nursing mother.

    2) Pediatric use: The H1N1 vaccine has not been evaluated in children. Safety and effectiveness in the pediatric population have not been established.

    This is enough info to make me not want to get the vaccine for myself or for my children.

  4. Now those are some SCARY facts! Wow. Thanks for sharing, Briana.

  5. Briana

    Here’s the link to where I got the above information if anyone is interested: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182401.pdf

  6. Dr. Laura Bellows

    Honestly, I could write a book here, but will spare you all! What I will say, is do your research, meaning outside of government funded activity!! Research the adjuvants in the vaccine!! If anyone would like the hardcore research behind vaccines(not just H1N1), let me know.

  7. Melissa

    I agree with Dr. Laura. After researching all vaccines, their ingredients/additives and potential side effects, we have decided that our 3-month old daughter will not be getting any whatsoever. It is a personal choice and contrary to popular belief, the medical community and the government don’t always know better.

  8. Thanks for posting this. I love to hear everyone’s view on this topic. I will not be getting the H1N1 for my kids (or myself). Im not a huge vaccine fan – and this one is so new…….. it’s scary!

  9. I took my son to his 18 month appointment yesterday and since the H1N1 vaccine has not yet been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), my pediatrician does not encourage my son to get it.

    Here is a link for information from the AAP.

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  11. Good comments about the vaccine. There’s so much mis-information that it’s counter productive. Not only that but most people believe the first source they encounter, which is many times unreliable.

    If you’re interested, I wrote a detailed blog post about H1N1, and tried to break it down into REAL information, not just speculation. Each item I wrote is backed up by reputable information. You can find it at: http://www.followsteph.com/2009/10/29/its-only-the-flu/

    Btw, I also started a blog called H1N1 Latest News at http://www.H1N1LatestNews.com to keep people abreast of everything happening. Each post is linked to the source of the information. I’m hoping that by filtering the information I can help get more accurate information across. Just like you did!

  12. Tara

    Brianna thank you so much for the link! I am 7 weeks pregnant & have my first dr’s appt next week where I KNOW I will be heavily encouraged to take the H1N1 vaccine. I am very skeptical of vaccinations as a whole and try to arm myself w/ as much knowlegde as possible from both sides. I totally agree w/ Melissa, the gov’t does not know what is best for all of us. The fear tactics had me almost on the fence, against my better judgement as well as gut feeling…so thank you ladies for a little insight and it’s always nice to remember you are not a solo radical who just likes to buck the system. :o)

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