H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Shot Dangers – How To Evaluate The Risks

Should I Get A Flu Shot?

There is a lot of talk about the dangers of vaccines lately. But there is also a lot of talk about the dangers of the H1N1 swine flu! A lot of people are wondering, “Should I get a flu shot?” Here is a guide to help you decide.

Flu Vaccine Risks

If you are allergic to the vaccine’s components – egg, for example, because the vaccine is cultured in eggs – then obviously you should not get the vaccine. If you are allergic to the vaccine’s components, an allergic reaction can occur within a few minutes of receiving the vaccine, although these are exceptionally rare. An allergic reaction can result in wheezing, hoarseness, swollen eyes and lips, a rapid heart beat, feeling faint or dizzy, and difficulty breathing.

You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. However, you may experience some very mild flu-like symptoms. These are actually your body reacting to the killed virus, which is how your immune system builds up the ability to attack the real flu in the future. These mild symptoms include a mild fever, aching joints, and nausea. These symptoms will go away within a day or two.

You may also experience some tenderness at the injection site. The swelling and itching is mild, and will go away within a day or two.

The 2009 flu vaccines do not contain adjuvants. There was a lot of talk of “adjuvants” in the weeks before the flu virus was released. Adjuvants are extenders, which help limited supplies of a vaccine stretch farther. (Like Hamburger Helper!) Many people believe that some of the substances used as adjuvants are toxic.

For these and other reasons, the flu vaccine in the United States – both H1N1 and the seasonal flu – will not contain adjuvants this season.

Thimerosal will only be used in one form of the vaccine. Many people are concerned about the use of thimerosal (mercury) in the flu vaccine. Thimerosal will only be used in multi-dose vials. Thimerosal will NOT be used in single-dose vials. Thimerosal will also NOT be used in the nasal spray version of the H1N1 vaccine. If you are concerned about thimerosal, be sure to ask for either the nasal spray, or a single-dose vial.

The amount of thimerosal is miniscule. In multi-dose vials, the only form of the vaccine which will include thimerosal, the amount is tiny. You ingest more mercury when you eat a can of tuna.

However, if this concerns you, be sure to ask for either a single-dose vial or the nasal spray. Both of these forms do NOT contain thimerosal.

The flu shot does not cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome. During the influenza panic of 1976, there were reports that people who received the flu shot were at higher risk for developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome. This fear turns out to be unfounded. Many extensive studies have been performed, and there is no link between the flu shot and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Swine Flu Risks

Many people feel that they are healthy enough to “shake off” the swine flu, even if they catch it. And this is certainly true, it is not a lethal disease like smallpox or anthrax. Nothing of the sort!

However, there are risks from the flu, even for healthy people. Aside from work hours lost, serious complications such as pneumonia can develop as a secondary infection after your week of influenza induced misery. The flu is not fun!

At risk populations for the swine flu include health care workers, pregnant women, young people from birth to age 24, people over the age of 60, and people of any age who have an underlying medical condition. The risks of hospitalization and even death in rare cases are higher for these risk groups.

Swine flu is proving to be very communicable (if not more dangerous than regular seasonal flu). Just because you haven’t caught the flu in the past, don’t assume that means that you won’t catch it this time around!

If you are not in an at risk group, if you are a healthy person between the ages of 24 and 60, and you are willing to risk catching the flu yourself, stop and think. Contagious diseases spread because people catch them. This is an even bigger issue with people who feel they are healthy and strong. If you catch the swine flu, you will be forming another link in the virus’s chain. A link which will lead to hundreds – even thousands – of people getting sick down the line. Some of them may be old, or have a compromised immune system. They could die.

Not everyone who is at risk is able to get the flu vaccine. For example, cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at any age cannot be vaccinated. These people – both adults and children – have to rely on “herd immunity” to protect them from the illness.

If you are able to receive the vaccine, please do your part and get the shot as soon as you are able.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi, this is great information, now I know whether to get that swine flu virus or not..

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kotoh 7 years ago from Chicago

Thanks for the very useful info. Dunno when this dangerous pandemic will end :sigh:

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HerbalScience 6 years ago from Naples, Florida

You make good points that the H1N1 vaccine may not be right for everyone. It's more important than ever to turn to good germ-fighting hygiene habits such as washing hands often, avoiding coughing or sneezing into your hands, and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth. It's also a good idea for those who are not able to be vaccinated to boost their immunity by eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated and taking vitamins and herbal supplements that provide immune support.

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iphonecarkit 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Every year, more people die from asthma and malnutrition in the United States, than from flu. Every year, thousands of people contract the flu. It is a common ailment because there are three main types of flu virus, and each type can mutate, or change, from year to year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publicly asserts that 36,000 Americans die every year from the flu. However, the CDC’s own official records show that only a few hundred (in the U.S.) die from influenza on an average year.

The statistics the CDC gives are skewed partly because they classify those dying from pneumonia as dying from the flu, which is inaccurate.

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Blogging Erika 6 years ago Author

People die from a lot of things - and heck, we're all going to die of something!

But that doesn't mean you should stop wearing your seat belt, go off your insulin if you're a diabetic, or skip getting a flu shot.

Kathrine Smith 6 years ago

Wow, that's is truly scary like others have said. The governments pushing these mass vaccinations, but are not willing to take any responsiblities if a person or child develops any type of terrible side effects so what is a person to do. To get vaccinated or not. Sooner or later, when people start realizing that these vaccination are not as necessary as the government makes out and less people will want to get vaccinated. I'm sure the government plus the giant drug companies will start stepping on the gas. Forcing the public to have mandatory vaccination whether they like it nor not, knowing full well the horrible dangers to a percentage of people who receive these shots. I for one will not subject my child, even to the slightliest percentage of side effects. I don't want my child to develop any chronic lifelong disabilities or illnesses after getting vaccinated. Even if I do change my mind down the ride and my child develops something a day or 2 after their vaccination. Where do I go to complain? I've heard many horror stories of parents running around like chickens after their child developed an severe side effect to a vaccination shot and there's nowhere to turn. Even your own doctor would call you crazy. That's how it works. When it works, everythings okay. When it doesn't, all responsible will turn a blind eye. Good luck to those who are going for their vaccination shots. P.S. the vaccination shot done by 'nasal' spray is even more dangerous.

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