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Swine Flu Vaccine: Beneficial or Detrimental?

Updated on May 13, 2014
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The Food and Drug Administration or FDA has already approved the swine flu vaccine to carry out the vaccination program early in October. Although the supply will be limited in the first week, it is expected to have 45 million doses in the second week and more will arrive weekly to accommodate everyone who would like to have a shot.

Are you prepared to take the swine flu shot?

A vaccine is created with the intension to improve immunity to a particular disease and in this case, swine flu. By injecting weakened or attenuated virus directly into your blood stream, your body’s immune system reacts with the vaccine and strengthens your body’s defense against swine flu. If your body’s immune system is strong, then the vaccine will make it stronger to fight swine flu virus. However, if your immune system is weak to start with, the side effects could be severe. So if you’re planning to get a shot, it is important to find out as much facts as you can to make a sound decision.

The swine flu outbreak early this year took 36 lives of children and almost 500 deaths linked to swine flu in the US. Every one is scared and schools closed to avoid spread of swine flu. But did you know that there was a swine flu vaccination campaign in 1976? The vaccine that was created to protect against swine flu virus caused more death from adverse reaction to the vaccine than the swine flu itself. The people who received the vaccine also suffered from different side effects. The component of the swine flu vaccine is also linked to a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS attacks the nerve linings causing paralysis or even death. Go to Google and find out more about GBS.

Keep in mind that swine flu vaccine is formulated in such a short period of time under the pressure from the government and other pressing issues. Companies who created this vaccine cannot be blindly trusted to care about your health and not the profit out of it. And what is the assurance that the vaccine is sufficiently tested before it was released? There is a great chance that all of its side effects are not yet known. The first round of vaccination will most likely find out if there are harsh side effects.

Ask the experts on other ways to protect yourself from swine flu virus aside from taking a shot. Stay informed and find out what you can do to keep your immune system strong by visiting your doctor or reading more about swine flu. There are books and information on the internet that you can read about swine flu. The more information you have the better questions you can ask to your doctor.

It is true that swine flu is highly contagious and people are scared on what they hear on the news. But if you think of it, Malaria kills a million people each and every year and it does not have the same hype as swine flu.

This article is all about encouraging you to find out more before taking a plunge. It is better safe than sorry!

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      Mylindaminka 4 years ago

      Основные правила подготовки. Начинать подготовку к нанесению свадебного макияжа глаз и лица следует за 10-14 дней до торжественной даты. Рекомендуется включать в рацион питания больше фруктов, принимать витамин «А» и категорически избегать любых стрессов и расстройств. Все это, несомненно, должно благоприятно отразиться на состоянии кожи лица. Не стоит перед свадьбой сильно увлекаться солярием, так как возможные покраснения и шелушение кожи существенно усложнят процедуру нанесения макияжа. Не лишним будет за несколько дней до свадьбы провести репетицию нанесения макияжа на дому, что позволит в спокойной обстановке заметить те или иные недочеты и внести корректировки в образ невесты.

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      Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      The flu shot is good for the pharmaceutical companies - but not good for humans though! - Invest in good eating habits and also invest in pharmaceutical stocks - the gullible will make you rich! LOL

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Hiya, over here in England they are always on about it in the news, saying how safe it is to have the jab, but why is it that the nurses in hospitals say they don't want it? Damned if you do and damned if you don't. I still don't know whether to have it or not. I see america has already started to vaccinate. I think we are next. The word guinea pig comes to mind! interesting hub. thanks Nell

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      theguru-reports 8 years ago from Montana

      Does it strike anyone as strange? There was a big stink about "end of life" provisions in the Obama Care bill that seemed to indicate a possibility of euthanasia for older Americans (at least that was the story). Now there's a vaccine for the swine flu..and OLDER PEOPLE ARE NOT RECOMMENDED AS RECIPIENTS.

      Does that seem consistent? Or simply ironic? With 160 million doses of the vaccine available, doesn't it seem that we are rationing health care already.

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Hehehe looks like we have a making of a great hubber here hehehe... There is similarity in our attacks and style hehehehe... prolific you eh... Welcome to the CLUB!!!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I think as long as it useful to healing swine flu, why not! Before this disease become endemic. This is become international issue. Prevent is better than healing.

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      Cygnus76 8 years ago from ON

      i never have flu shot in my life and i'm doing just fine. so i'm not about to go get one any time soon. lol plus i'm hearing too many horror stories from friends, family and co-worker, how flu shot made them sicker. XD but! that's just me. it's worth it to find out more info on flu and swine flu.

      good hub :)