Swine Flu Vaccination – Are You Getting One?

by SKHC Editor on October 9, 2009

All over the internet press releases are surfacing about the availability of the swine flu vaccination. Will you be in line to get a swine flu shot or the nasal spray administered? What about your child?

The CDC considers people 6 months to 24 years old at high risk yet according to an Associated Press-GfK poll 38 percent of parents said they were unlikely to give permission for their kids to be vaccinated at school.

Adults seem to have very mixed feelings about the swine flu vaccination, regardless of what profession they’re in.

Will there be side effects somewhere down the road? What about thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that will be in roughly 60 percent of the 225 million swine flu doses ordered for Americans?

If you’re in the “what if” crowd you’re not the only one.  If it’s the thimerosal you’re concerned about know that it is not in the FluMist nasal spray, which can be given to healthy kids age 2 and older.

Steps on how to prevent season influenza and swine flu have been drilled into our heads: practice the “Dracula Sneeze,” wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, get the seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations, but at the end of the day what choices will you commit to?

Sources: Associated Press, MercuryNews.com

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