The H1N1 influenza is widespread in 46 states in the US, and many people have raised concerns that the H1N1 vaccine itself is dangerous. There are reports that four people in Sweden have died in past few days from the H1N1 vaccine, but the CDC has not confirmed this information.Â All four people received the shot a few days before they died.
As with any flu shot, you are being given a small dosage of the actual flu, and some people get flu like symptoms for a few days after getting the shot. Some people feel like they have the full blown flu after they get a flu shot. The decision to take the shot is up to you. If you have specific questions about what is best for your particular health concerns, your doctor can help you decide.
The US H1N1 vaccine is different than the vaccine received in the US. Â The CDC reported that some H1N1 shots contain the preservative thimerosal, and other H1N1 vaccines do not. Â Some people have expressed concern about thimerosal for children because it has a mercury-base, but the CDC states there is no scientific evidence the preservative is harmful.Â If you decide to get the shot, the person who gives it to you can show you the ingredients.
The CDC has recommended a flu shot for those who may experience problems if they contracted the swine flu these groups include: pregnant women, caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months, everyone between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, and people ages 25 to 64 with existing health problems.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) chief stated last week that the H1N1 vaccine is “remarkably safe” and that there is nothing scary or unique about it that should keep anyone from getting the vaccine. The NIH reported that 11,000,000 H1N1 vaccine shot and nasal sprays shipped as of October 21st, and they expect everyone who wants the vaccine will have it within the next month.Â
The new flu season just started on September 1, 2009 and over 1,000 people have died nationwide since that start date.Â That does not include the number of people who died earlier this year from the H1N1 swine flu virus.