H1N1 Vaccine

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Questions about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine are prevalent. It seems everywhere you look, there are myths and rumors about the vaccine. Dr. Edward Hill answers some of the pressing questions about the H1N1 vaccine in todays 60 Second Housecall.

The H1N1 influenza has infected millions of Americans. Since the introduction of an H1N1 vaccine, theres been plenty of speculation about whether or not the vaccine could pose health threats or other side effects.

Is the H1N1 swine flu vaccine safe? According to the National Institute of Health, the H1N1 vaccine is remarkably safe.

No vaccine is 100 percent safe for everyone. People with allergies to eggs, for example, cant take flu vaccines because eggs are involved in the manufacturing process. And flu vaccines cause mild but common reactions.

The H1N1 vaccine is made exactly the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. The only difference is the piece of the virus the vaccine uses to prime the immune system.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza infection and its complications. This is the reason that the Centers for Disease Control and national health organizations intensively promote vaccination for seasonal influenza, and the reason why so much work was done to have a safe vaccine available for the H1N1 influenza virus.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.