About 1 out of 3 calls to Children's National Medical Center diabetes nurse educators are about H1N1 flu vaccine. The following are the most common queries:
Does my child with diabetes need to get the flu vaccine?
Do I get the flumist or the shot?
Why do I need the flu shot? Is my child with diabetes immunocompromised?
Isn't the shot really dangerous? Is it experimental?
Will I get the flu if I get the shot/mist?
Is the flumist more dangerous because it is a live attenuated vaccine (weakened virus that does not cause illness)?
Is there a greater risk of getting a neurological disorder if I get the flumist/shot?
Does my child need to stay home from school if there are an increasing number of students with H1N1?
Let's start answering these inquiries:
NEED vs. SUGGESTION - your child with diabetes does not absolutely need to get the flu vaccine as long as you have been fully informed of the risks of the flu vaccine vs. th...
To be unaware of the impact of the flu on communities around the nation your head would have to be buried in the sand. Flu related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise. Some reports state that vaccinations for this flu season have been lower compared to previous years. Since the H1N1 swine flu pandemic of 2009, flu vaccination enthusiasm seems to have waned. The shortage of flu vaccine during that time period escalated the drive to get vaccinated. Of course, we have not seen this until recent days. Availability of flu vaccine this past fall was probably as high as it’s ever been. Many corner pharmacies started their flu campaign before the end of summer. So what is it about this year?
I don’t have an evidence based opinion but I think as we get further away from the H1N1 scare from a few years ago, concern about serious flu illness decreases. Some adult patients, and relatives of mine, have told me they don’t get flu shots because they have never had th...
This vaccine protects people against swine flu .
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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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