Personally, I will probably not be getting the Swine Flu vaccine unless my doctor highly suggests it. I always get the seasonal flu vaccine and I rarely get sick during flu season.
I heard Dr. Rosenfeld last week talk about this on television. He said that it is far more important to get the seasonal flu vaccine than it is the Swine Flu vaccine. He said that there are far more people that die from the seasonal flu. People do get sick with the Swine Flu but he said it didn't seem to be nearly as bad as the seasonal flu. Also, just a few days ago I heard that they haven't even tested the swine flu vaccine! So I guess we need to keep watching and listening to our doctors....not the media. They love to blow things out of proportion!
I agree with Sherrine. I don't get any of the flu shots because they discovered I am allergic to something in the preparation...the suspect the eggs. But the swine flu vaccine has not had enough trial studies to insure it's saftey, in my opionion. My son is a biologist and worked on the bird flu vaccine for two years and even then, it wasn't ready for the public. Then the virus mutated, which happens to many of the flu viruses out there. I think the media should stay out of medicine...but again...that's just my opinion.
Post Edited (Littleneck) : 9/4/2009 12:37:29 AM (GMT-6)
Thanks for the great advice, Littleneck! Also, cough into your sleeve if you have to cough. I never had heard of that before but have heard it many times in the past month. I pray everyone stays healthy and this doesn't become a pandemic.
Post Edited (Greeneyes2) : 9/7/2009 9:28:00 AM (GMT-6)
Well, I heard another doctor this morning saying that the swine flu is much milder than the seasonal flu...at least so far.
Yes, the swine flu vaccine does have mercury in it BUT, you can request the version that doesn't have mercury, since there is concern that mercury has caused some cases of autism. Makes me wonder why they didn't make all of it without mercury!
I'll be getting my seasonal flu shot in October. I had never gotten the shot but one winter I did get the flu and, trust me, you don't want it! So, I started getting the flu shots regularly...since 1999 and haven't gotten the flu at all. I've only gotten three colds during that period, too, so for me it works well. But, I am not planning on getting the swine flu shot. Fibro isn't supposed to be an immune problem and I have no problems with my lungs so I think I'm good!
Marlee, years ago people could get the flu from the flu shot because they used a tiny bit of live virus in the vaccine. But, now they don't do that. You can't get the flu from the vaccine. Now, if you already have the virus in your system and you happen to get the shot and then get the flu, you would have gotten the flu anyway...without the shot. I think that's what confuses people. I have a friend who will never get the flu shot and she is sick all winter long. The last couple of years when I got my shot, I didn't even have any tenderness in my arm. I just got protection.
Hey Austen...this doctor was on Fox News yesterday but I don't remember his name. He blames the media for giving this strain of Swine too much air time and as he claims to have been following its progression across the country, and it is weakening. He said that the potential side effects from the vaccine will put more people at risk for becoming ill and even dying than getting the flu. And what IS with all the mercury? You can't even put mercury in a thermometer anymore but you can use it as an agent in a vaccine? Maybe you can get on the Fox homepage and see if they have an info on this doctor, or a you tube video of his broadcast.
However, there are so many opinions on this subject and this was just another doctor stating his.
Post Edited (vestabula) : 9/8/2009 2:58:09 PM (GMT-6)
This dr was on CNN last week. He said too many neurological problems could develop if given to a Fibro patient. You might go CNN or Fox news website and check their health depart. I dont remember his name, but I believe he was with a prominent hospital on the east coast. I just went for my flu shot at CVS and asked the Phys Asst and she said the exact same thing. She also said they will NOT give the swine vaccine to people in their late fifties, sixties or seventies.
I told her I had the swine flu vaccine back in 1976 and she said I probably have built up an immunity to it anyways. But she said it is so experimental she will not have her school age children take it. Too much mercury, and made too fast. She believes we will see more people with side effects than the swine flu, and they could be long lasting effects.