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It wouldn't be a good idea, and some schools may prohibit your coming with any symptoms (to prevent the spread to others). Get your flu vaccination and avoid all issues and… problems of getting, having or spreading the infection.
The influenza that is currently creating an epidemic and that has been being called the "2009 Swine Flu" is a Type A H1N1 virus, but it is not the only one that is scientifica…lly identified this way. This particular virus has mutated from the H1N1 virus that was a pig virus and not really a human virus. That is why the World Health Organization has named this one "Novel H1N1". Because it contains genetic material from all three: swine flu viruses, avian (bird) flu viruses, and human viruses, therefore the previous H1N1 vaccine would not be effective on this virus that has changed. Viruses have a protein coat on the outside of their structure called a capsid. There are specific shapes on viruses that physically make them able to latch on to receptor cells in the host animal. This is what keeps most animal viruses from crossing to humans because the receptors cells are shaped so differently and what fits in the other animals' receptors won't fit in human cell receptors. These shapes are some of the features that viruses change when they mutate. The novel H1N1 is different and can fit into human receptors. The current H1N1 vaccines available are for the pigs to take and are for the strain of H1N1 that pigs have been getting for years, or they are for the seasonal flu strains that humans get that also share the H1N1 features but are not the same as the A-H1N1/09 "Novel" Swine Flu. The vaccines for the older strains of H1N1 for people and for pigs are not really the best kinds of vaccines (those are still in development), the ones currently available are made from dead viruses and are less effective. FDA hasn't approved live virus vaccines for use for those types of H1N1 flu strains in people yet until more trials, except in very specific situations. Human vaccines for the older swine flu are in development and may be available for workers at hog production facilities only. The vaccine specifically for the 2009 Pandemic Swine Flu (A-H1N1/09) is due to be released in mid October 2009 and will provide the protection for this Novel Influenza after a loading shot followed in three weeks by a second shot, then a few weeks after the second shot, immunity from this new strain is expected. There will also be a nasal spray available for specific age groups, ask your care professional which type will be right for you and if you are in any of the risk groups.
That information is no longer being kept or made available. The counts of cases of H1N1/09 is no longer done. Testing is not often done to determine the type of flu and states… are no longer required to report separate counts of H1N1 flu infections to the CDC in the US. Most, if not all, countries are no longer keeping counts of cases of H1N1/09, but monitoring of the total incidences of flu during the flu season is still continuing.
Without a test there is no way to know for sure. It can take a couple of weeks for full immunity to develop after a flu shot, so it could be that it is seasonal flu, too. Th…e symptoms are the same and the treatment is the same. Just stay home and try not to pass it along. Contact your doctor if you have high fever, dizziness, confusion, rash, or trouble breathing (see related questions below for more information.)
No. In some cases you are much less likely to. Scenario #1: You get a flu shot for the seasonal flu. If you are exposed to the A-H1N1/09 Swine Flu at any time before or aft…er the seasonal flu shot, you will be no more or less likely to get A-H1N1/09 than if you hadn't had the shot. You will, however, be much less likely to get the seasonal flu after taking the flu shot, and when full immunity is reached in approximately two weeks after the shot, getting the seasonal flu will be unlikely (but not impossible). Scenario #2: You get a shot for the seasonal flu. Each year the seasonal flu vaccine is different because it is made to match the three main types of flu that are expected to be going around in that upcoming flu season. There are more H1N1 influenza viruses than the one that causes the 2009 Pandemic Swine Flu. This year's seasonal flu shot (2009) includes a vaccine for one of the other strains of H1N1. The exact strains in the '09 seasonal flu vaccine are: . A/Brisbane/59/2007(H1N1)-like virus; . A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus; . B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens. You will be unlikely to get any of the three virus types listed above. You are still likely to get the A-H1N1/09 Pandemic Swine Flu if you are exposed, but no more likely than if you hadn't had the flu shot. You will be no more or less likely to get any of the other strains of H1N1 than before the shot either. Scenario #3: You get a shot for the new A-H1N1/09 Pandemic Swine Flu. You will be unlikely to get that exact strain of flu. You will be no more likely to get any of the other H1N1 viruses than you would if you had not had that shot. If you also get the seasonal flu shot you will be less likely to get the Brisbane/59/07/H1N1 virus. And, you just may be less likely to get some of the other kinds of H1N1, too, since the two shots will give you immunity to two different H1N1 viruses which may help you fight off any others that come along (although they may not help). Bottom line: None of the flu shots will make you more likely to get any kind of flu. Scenario #4: If you get the nasal spray vaccine for the seasonal flu or for A-H1N1/09 swine flu, there is a chance that you could get flu symptoms of one of the seasonal viruses in the vaccine for regular flu or that you could get H1N1/09 from the swine flu nasal spray vaccine, but only if you have a weak immune system from a disease like HIV/AIDS or other severe disorder of the immune system. It would be a very low chance, but possible, since the vaccine is made from weakened virus particles instead of dead virus particles like are in the shots. These weakened viruses in the vaccine will not make a healthy person get the flu. People with compromised immune systems should avoid contact with others who have used the nasal vaccines as well. Pregnant women are advised against taking the H1N1/09 nasal spray vaccines until additional human trials in pregnant women are conducted. They can be around someone else who had the nasal spray vaccine, though, and can also administer it to others as well. You can not use the seasonal flu nasal spray or the H1N1/09 swine flu nasal spray at the same time.
Yes. In fact, now the seasonal flu shots are combined with the H1N1 Virus flu shot, so you don't have to get two.
Yes, definitely. It is recommended for pregnant women. In the US: The following excerpts from a September 3, 2009 guidance document from the US Centers for Disease Control… and Prevention (CDC) are about 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine and Pregnant Women: . Influenza vaccines have not been shown to cause harm to a pregnant woman or her baby. The seasonal flu shot (injection) is proven as safe and already recommended for pregnant women. The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine will be made using the same processes and facilities that are used to make seasonal influenza vaccines. It is important for a pregnant woman to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine as well as a seasonal influenza vaccine. A pregnant woman who gets any type of flu is at risk for serious complications and hospitalization. Pregnant women who are otherwise healthy have been severely impacted by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (formerly called "novel H1N1 flu" or "swine flu"). In comparison to the general population, a greater proportion of pregnant women infected with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus have been hospitalized. In addition, severe illness and death has occurred in pregnant women. Six percent of confirmed fatal 2009 H1N1 flu cases thus far have been in pregnant women while only about 1% of the general population is pregnant. While hand washing, staying away from ill people, and other steps can help to protect pregnant women from influenza, vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu. There are two types of flu vaccine. Pregnant women should get the "flu shot"- an inactivated vaccine (containing fragments of killed influenza virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in pregnant women. The other type of flu vaccine - nasal-spray flu vaccine (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine)-is not currently approved for use in pregnant women. This vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu). LAIV (FluMistÂ®) is approved for use in healthy* people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant. In addition to protecting her from infection, infants less than 6 months old will not be able to be vaccinated so it is recommended that everyone who lives with or provides care for infants less than 6 months of age receive both the seasonal influenza vaccine and 2009 H1N1 influenza monovalent vaccine to provide protection for the infant. One recent study conducted in Bangladesh, assessed the effectiveness of influenza immunization for mothers and their young infants. Inactivated influenza vaccine reduced proven influenza illness by 63% in infants up to 6 months of age. This study confirmed that maternal influenza immunization is a strategy with substantial benefits for both mothers and infants. There is no evidence that thimerosal (used as a preservative in vaccine packaged in multi-dose vials) is harmful to a pregnant woman or a fetus. However, because some women are concerned about exposure to preservatives during pregnancy, manufacturers will produce preservative-free seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines in single dose syringes for pregnant women and small children. CDC recommends that pregnant women may receive influenza vaccine with or without thimerosal. People for whom the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine is recommended should receive it, even if they have had an influenza-like illness previously, unless they can be certain they had 2009 H1N1 influenza based on a laboratory test that can specifically detect 2009 H1N1 viruses. CDC recommends that persons who were tested for 2009 H1N1 influenza discuss this issue with a healthcare provider to see if the test they had was either an RT-PCR or a viral culture that showed 2009 H1N1 influenza. There is no harm in being vaccinated if you had 2009 H1N1 influenza in the past.. Pregnant women are encouraged to get vaccinated against the seasonal strains of influenza in addition to the A-H1N1/09 vaccine. The two kinds of vaccine (seasonal flu and "Swine Flu") must both be taken for complete protection from both kinds of flu in the 2009-2010 flu season. Always check with your obstetrician before taking any medications in pregnancy. Your doctor may also be planning on administering the vaccines to patients. Note about H1N1 vaccines approved for use in the UK: These vaccines are slightly different from the vaccines approved for use in the US for A-H1N1/09, but are still recommended by the NHS for pregnant women. The difference is mostly that they contain adjuvants in the UK. See the related question below about swine flu shot ingredients.
Yes, if you make sure that both are in stock.
Yes, in the US it does now. The 2010-2011 flu season's flu shot was made to contain the vaccine for H1N1/09 "Pandemic Swine Flu" in addition to the vaccines for two other type…s of flu that were expected to be creating illness during that flu season. It will not hurt to take the vaccine again if you had it during the 2009-2010 flu season or if you actually had that type of flu. Many people were not tested to be sure the flu they had was indeed this new type. In that case, even though they thought they were protected by gaining immunity to the virus from having the disease, they may not have actually had the new flu. The decision to add the new vaccine to the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccination was to help cover those who may not have gained the immunity they thought they had and to give more people the vaccine without having to have two different vaccinations.
You can go to a private clinic or check with your local county health department. Usually, h1n1 flu vaccine is free of charge from county health department.
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You cannot take the nasal spray simultaneously, but you can take the injections at the same time. The nasal spray should be 6 weeks apart. The injections can be done togethe…r or at any interval. It doesn't matter which is first.
Actually you can take them at the same time. You can not mix the vaccines in the same shot, but you can take them in separate shots at the same time. You can also take one b…y nasal spray and the other by injection at the same time. The only combination that doesn't work is to take both the seasonal vaccine and the H1N1/09 vaccine by nasal spray at the same time. The nasal spray vaccines need to be separated by several weeks between vaccinations of the two types of nasal flu vaccines.
There are very many rumors, myths, and a lot of misinformation being passed around about the vaccines for the H1N1/09 flu, and people who listen to this non-scientific and inc…orrect information become afraid and don't want to get the shot. The risks of having the flu and getting very ill or even dying are low but they are still greater than any risks that might be associated with the vaccination. The vaccination is being made the exact same way and with the exact ingredients as the seasonal flu shots that have a very good safety record over a period of decades now. The only thing different are the pieces of the dead or weak viruses that are used to make it work for swine flu, instead of the same kinds of dead or weak viruses that can't make you sick that are put in the seasonal flu shots to protect from them. People who listen to the misinformation and don't get the shots are putting themselves and others unnecessarily at risk.
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No, the whole point of a vaccine is to protect us from the virus; boosting our immunity. The flu vaccine is made with either "dead" (inactivated) or "weak" (attenuated) vir…uses that can not give you the flu.
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You could get a strain of the H1N1 flu virus that was not the same kind of virus that was in the flu shot. There are several different strains of H1N1 influenza. The pandemic …swine flu A-H1N1/09 has not mutated enough yet to keep you from still being immune to that strain, but if you are exposed another strain, you may or may not be protected ~ depending on how close the one in the shot was to the one going around now.