Q: Who should get vaccinated for seasonal flu? What about pandemic flu?
A: Seasonal flu vaccine campaigns usually focus on the elderly and people of all ages with chronic diseases that can put them at higher risk of dangerous complications. Swine flu is striking a much younger population, including pregnant women, so the government recommended that it be given to pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, health care workers, people ages 6 months to 24 years and people 25 to 64 who have chronic illnesses or immune problems.(source the Detroit Free Press).
I personally do not fall into either of these categories, so I’m probably not getting either flu shot. My internal debate is if my children should have either or both of the flu vaccines. Last year all three of them were given the flu mist, no problems at all. Nick has had the flu vaccine several times and still wound up with the flu twice, so I’m not sure of it’s efficacy.
Our public schools(and naturally I know most about the HS) has seen many students out with the flu. There is no certainty that it was “swine flu” but there have been more students out sick at this time of year than in previous years. The general guidelines are to treat all flu like swine flu and keep your kids home. I understand Tami-flu has been given to reduce symptoms. The definitive testing to identify the H1N1 virus currently is done at the CDC but I understand each state will be opening up additional sites. From what I’ve read this is only for more severe cases, as it’s not critical to know which viral strain it is in most cases.
So I’m curious what your plans are, for yourself, your family, your parents etc. Do you plan to be in line come October? Have you been a flu vaccine receiver in the past?
I’ll keep you posted………I really don’t know.
I realize I make these promises, to update……………..so just to keep you informed, we are not yet tracking our teen girls by their cell phones yet. I still have the information, but we aren’t doing it.