In a previous discussion about
swine flu, I mentioned that it would be prudent to get vaccinated against bacterial pneumonia. A couple of posters dismissed the suggestion, thinking it would be no help at all.
But I stand behind my suggestion, and I'm bringing it up again in the hopes that some of you will consider taking this precaution. In previous severe flu outbreaks, pneumonia vaccination was deemed to be of help.
The US Center for Disease Control has this to say about
A few important points to consider:
The pneumonia vaccination is for bacterial pneumonia. Swine flu is a virus. Bacterial pneumonia is often a complication of flu, but it is possible to get viral pneumonia as well. So, this vaccine is not a panacea.
The pneumonia vaccine will not prevent swine flu. It will not reduce swine flu symptoms either, other than the symptoms of bacterial pneumonia should you get it.
Right now, it's the only vaccination available that can increase your chances of survival from swine flu. It's a far from perfect solution. We are still awaiting a swine flu vaccine.
Pneumonia vaccination needs to be administered at least two weeks before you catch the flu in order to do any good. If you've already got the flu, there's no point in rushing out to get vaccinated.
My wife and I got our pneumonia vaccinations two months ago. We are also boosting our intake of vitamin D, which is believed to have some anti-inflammatory effect on pneumonia. But nothing is guaranteed.
Forum devoted to swine flu:
H1N1 Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment
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Post Edited (ozonehole) : 8/30/2009 1:13:35 AM (GMT-6)