T he news reports about the H1N1 influenza pandemic (popularly known as "swine flu") keep coming, but one aspect of the story is constant: although the majority of the cases are mild, the H1N1 influenza virus is occasionally a killer.
This morning's news report is that the first doses of the vaccine should be available in early October, rather than mid-October. Last week, it was that the H1N1 vaccine probably will only need a single dose to be effective (previously, it had been surmised that perhaps two separate doses of H1N1 might be needed to protect against the virus). And we hear of colleges with thousands of students isolated or quarantined because they all have symptoms consistent with H1N1 flu. But most concerning is the reports that over 3,000 people have died from swine flu since the new virus became apparent in Mexico in April.
The deaths are frequently described as occurring in people with underlying diseases, but occasionally in healthy young adults. The underlyin...
As flu season once again approaches, the question of whether or not fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patients should get a flu shot is again being asked. Only this time there is a new twist. This year the regular seasonal flu vaccine has been combined with the H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine so only one shot is required. What does this new combo vaccine mean for FM and ME/CFS patients? Since no research has been done on either the seasonal flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine as they relate to FM and ME/CFS, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. While most conventional doctors recommend flu vaccinations across the board, many FM and ME/CFS specialists advise their patients against getting the shot. What the Specialists Say Last year I shared a video with you in which Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Kent Holtorf strongly recommended that people with mitrochondrial dysfunction, chronic neurological illnesses, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS not get the H1N1 vaccine because, to...
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The H1N1 virus (swine flu) is a new flu virus strain that is causing illnesses in humans worldwide. Symptoms include fever of 100 F or more and a sore throat or a cough. Chills, sore muscles, and headache may also be present.
The largest number of H1N1 flu cases have occurred in people ages 5 - 24. Fewer cases, and almost no deaths, have been reported in people older than age 64, which is a different pattern from the normal seasonal flu.
See article on H1N1 (swine) flu for more information.
A new H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in the fall of 2009. Check with your doctor or nurse, local pharmacist, or local health department to see when the vaccine will be available.
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