About H1N1 Swine Flu
The swine flu is a new strain of the influenza virus. It made its appearance this year and has people scared. To limit the spread, a vaccine based on the virus was created. The H1N1 swine flu vaccine is now available to the public.
Some people are at greater risk for the flu than others. These groups are the same as with the seasonal flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that people in those groups get vaccinated first.
The groups include pregnant women, young children and elderly people. The vaccine can be used in children at least six months of age. Older people are at risk for lots of conditions and the swine flu can prove deadly for them. Pregnant women need to protect their unborn children and their birth can be compromised if the mother contracts the flu.
It is important to understand that the swine flu is a new strain. Because the strains of the seasonal flu are closely related, your body can build up immunity to it over time. That is not the case with the swine flu. There is no prior immunity in your body which may account for its severity in sufferers and the mounting concern by the public.
The H1N1 swine flu vaccine is given differently for different age groups. The vaccine is given in one dose for anyone over ten years of age. Younger people are administered the vaccine in two doses. Each dose is to be given about four weeks apart to be considered a complete dose.
Here is how the vaccine is designed to work. The swine flu vaccine was manufactured in much the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. The big difference is the type of virus used to stimulate production of antibodies in the body. The swine flu virus was used.
You can get the swine flu vaccine in one of two ways: nasal spray or shot. The nasal spray vaccine is created with live, weakened swine flu virus. The state of the viruses prevents you from getting the swine flu from the vaccine.
With the vaccine shot, the manufacturers use inactivated viruses. These viruses are dead and used to stimulate immunity. They are not active and cannot give you the flu either.
While the swine flu is a threat to your health, the season flu is still more likely to affect you than the swine flu. It is important to get the seasonal flu vaccine even if you do not get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.