H1N1 Vaccine: One Dose Adequate for Pregnant Women, Two Doses for Kids

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By Rachel Stockton

CNN Headline News recently ran a report on the strong feelings of parents who are on either side of the flu shot fence.

Most parents who are opposed to immunizing their kids cite the fact that there hasn’t been much research on the side effects of the flu vaccine, even though the CDC maintains that the swine flu is made up of the same components as the regular flu vaccine. 

Of course, the differences between this year’s vaccines and prior vaccines are two-fold: 

*there are TWO flu vaccines circulating this year, whereas there’s usually only one.

*this year is the dreaded swine flu pandemic that the World Health Organization has been warning us about for the last decade.

For those parents wanting to vaccinate their children, it’s the shortage that is causing them angst.  CNN interviewed on woman whose first child had to be hospitalized as a toddler when he had the flu.  Although he is considered “high risk” and has had his swine flu vaccine already, his younger brother has not, which understandably concerns his parents.

However, the situation regarding the shortage should be getting better every day.  As of this morning, there are 30 million doses available; that’s an increase of 3.9 million since Friday. 

For the two highest risk groups, pregnant women and kids, the CDC maintains that for pregnant women with healthy immune systems, one dose of the swine flu vaccine is adequate, while children under the age of 9 require two doses.

 

 

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