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U.S. health officials have reported another million doses of the Swine Flu (H1N1) vaccines will be available to cities and states, making the total at 23.2 million doses. As the flu continues to spread throughout the country, where 46 states have reported their number of infections and hospitalizations rising, the swine flu continues to be mild for the majority of people.

Health experts urge certain priority groups to receive vaccination. These include pregnant women, infants, and children under the age of 18, senior citizens or anyone who suffers from a chronic health condition. Although officials and physicians have consistently stated the security of the vaccine, families and individuals all around the county continue to question its safety.

According to an article in the New York Times, parents throughout the city are opting out of vaccination: “fewer than half of New York City parents with children in elementary school have given permission for their children to receive the vaccine at school, reflecting some ambivalence about the need for the vaccine or concern about its effects.”

There has been a more significant and unavoidable sense of tension and anxiety this flu season, mostly due to the media’s depiction of a doomsday scenario regarding the Swine Flu. Although I have received the seasonal flu shot on three occasions with no side effects, I will not be taking either the H1N1 or seasonal flu vaccine shots this year.

There is an increased amount of doubt being placed from progressive thinking individuals and groups regarding the truthfulness by the media and the government regarding swine flu, and with good reason.

During the 1976 swine flu pandemic, the United States started one of the most massive vaccination campaigns in modern history to avert the emergence of a swine flu pandemic. 46 million people were vaccinated against the swine flu virus and 4,000 people developed Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a neurological disease that can lead to paralysis or even death.

Recently, the media’s notorious fear mongering, pandering to the drug companies and the for-profit health care system are also reasons for the confusion and doubt. Many events in recent histoy have sparked this ‘questioning of the answers: 1) debacle with the war in Iraq 2) media fear mongering and lack of oversight and the asbestos scandal, which has lead to thousands developing a rare cancer known as mesothelioma.

Whether or not to receive the H1N1 Flu vaccine is a difficult decision, but one that should be made with caution and sufficient research. In my option, swine flu is real.

However, I, like many others, are taking steps on a daily basis to ensure my immune system is high and my hands are clean: carry hand sanitizer, eat healthy, gargle with salt water, take your vitamins and exercise.

Unless you are an infant, senior citizen, pregnant woman or suffer from any type of chronic health ailment, is there really a need to be vaccinated?  It is imperative for those to receive as much news, medical and historical information as possible before making the decision.




Swine Flu Vaccines Become Readily Available, Family's Question vaccinating their kids — 4 Comments

  1. I have not been paying much attention to the H1N1 virus, but this is an excellent diary on the subject. Welcome aboard and I look forward to seeing more diaries from you.

  2. I am deeply troubled that people here may be making causal leaps – from the 1976 flu vaccine and GBS, to any current danger from the H1N1 vaccine. I particularly worry about the effects of “I believe the swine flu is real” and saying on the one hand that the writer has had flu shots multiple times in the past, but will not be taking this year’s flu shots.  

    The loudest source that has been pushing the idea that the H1N1 vaccine is dangerous is FOX news, and the similarly right-wing funded magazine and on-line news service, Newsmax. Consider that fearing the vaccine is another way to incite a lack of trust for the government, particularly one of the most important and neutral components of the government, our Center for Disease Control.

    Please read what the CDC is saying about the Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and vaccines.

    In the United States, for example, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year on average, whether or not they received a vaccination.

    I strongly urge people to read the CDC’s information about the H1N1 virus, and the current vaccine.  http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/vaccine_safety.htm  This isn’t a link (I’m not good at making them quickly) you’ll have to paste it in.

    There is a tone in this diary of being progressive, yet simultaneously fostering a distrust of government health efforts. I note also that much of JedTil’s diary is word-for-word the same as what CSWear has posted on Calitics:  


     Is JedTil also CSWear?  

  3. Thanks for adding your thoughts too. I am no expert on H1N1 and promoted a well thought out and written diary by a new user. I always try to promote the first diary a user here writes. Since I am not very studied on H1N1 and the vaccine I appreciate your thoughts on the subject.

    Just for the record, I never get flu vaccines, H1N1 or not.