Tuesday, November 10, 2009

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate your Child with the H1N1

The H1N1 is a new mutation that emerged last August 2009 and the flu vaccine was already in production when the new mutation occurred so they have to make it separately from the rest of the flu vaccine , hopefully next year they would incorporate this in the seasonal flu vaccine. Many parents are worried because this is something new. Remember the H1N1 vaccine is produced exactly the way the regular flu vaccine is produced. Exactly the same manufacturing steps and the same companies who produce the flu vaccine produce the H1N1 vaccine. Since this is a new strain most the young population do not have any antibody to the virus. We do not really know the full extent of what this new virus can do but preliminary results show that this can cause significant morbidity especially to the pediatric population. I urge all the parents to have their children vaccinated. I had all my 4 boys vaccinated too and of course myself and so far everyone is fine.

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