All About the H1N1 Flu Vaccine

by admin on December 02, 2009

As to protect against the H1N1 Flu influenza this season, according to the scientific research and news published in various journals 2009 H1N1 vaccine has been developed to provide protection against the deadly 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that is also known as “swine flu”. The discoveries have been made for two type of 2009 H1N1 vaccines.

A 2009 H1N1 “flu shot”: It is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is provided with a needle, usually in the arm. It is given over for showing the same symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu as same as to seasonal flu. This vaccine is for giving to people over 6 months or older by age, healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. And the producers for 2009 H1N1 flu shot for use are same who are for seasonal flu shots.

The 2009 H1N1 nasal spray flu vaccine: This vaccine is prepared from the live weakened viruses which can not cause flu. Patients who can receive seasonal nasal spray vaccine can also have 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine. It is approved for the use in people from 2 years to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.  In United States this vaccine is prepared by MedImmune is the same company which prepare seasonal nasal spray vaccine called “FluMist ®.”  2 weeks later of vaccination antibodies gets developed in the body to provide safety against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

Time to Get Vaccinated

The vaccination against 2009 H1N1 should begin as soon as possible on availability of it. However, the months of December, January and beyond are the best period of the year when vaccination should be done as flu season last as late as April or May.   It is presumed that there would be waves of 2009 H1N1 activity in 2009-2010 flu season that would hit hard over communities over the course if the season. 2009 H1N1 viruses are to be the most common reason for influenza this time and around the period of time.

Supply of Vaccine

As to provide the Vaccine to needy people, the US government has procured nearly 250 million doses of vaccine for an easy availability and prompt vaccination.

Who is needed to be Vaccinated?

On recommendation of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) it is agreed that vaccination efforts would focus upon the five target groups who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 influenza or related complications due to their occupation that could transmit influenza viruses to others in medical care settings or are in close contacts of infants younger than 6 months. Initial target groups are pregnant women, people who live or provide care to infants younger than 6 months, health care and emergency medical service personnel, and people from 6 months to the age of 24 years. And people from 25 years to 64 years with suffering from medical condition that put them into at higher risk or for influenza related complications.

However, government has made best effort to ensure no one should be infected with this deadly disease.

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