Sep
19
2009

Inhale this flu virus

FluMist inhaler for H1N1 flu
FluMist inhaler for H1N1 fluCourtesy garrisonpao

Vaccine for swine flu is ahead of expectations

October is almost here, and so are more than 3 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine. The vaccine is a the FluMist nasal spray type which is inhaled rather than injected. The nasal spray contains a weakened live virus, while injections contain killed and fragmented virus. The inhalation method gives a stronger immune reaction and is not recommended for pregnant women, people over 50 or those with asthma, heart disease or several other problems. The earlier than expected delivery will be be great for people in other high-risk groups though (health care workers, people caring for infants, and healthy young people).

Any type of flu can be deadly

In the United States a typical flu season is believed to kill about 36,000. The Asian flu of 1957 was blamed for the deaths of about 70,000 Americans. The pandemic H1N1 or 2009 H1N1 flu (we are not supposed to call it the swine flu) so far has not been bad. Flu activity is now “widespread” in 21 states, up from 11 a week ago. (Read more here - New York Times)

2009 H1N1 flu vaccine approved

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Sept. 15 that it has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots become available, which is expected within the next four weeks.
As with any medical product, unexpected or rare serious adverse events may occur. The FDA is working closely with governmental and nongovernmental organizations to enhance the capacity for adverse event monitoring, information sharing and analysis during and after the 2009 H1N1 vaccination program." FDA News Release

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Vaccine supply may be too late for millions

The 159 million Americans who need protection from H1N1 flu the most may not get it in time. Several prominent epidemiologists are warning that the pandemic H1N1 flu may peak early - like in late October.

Officials expect about 50 million doses of swine flu vaccine to reach government warehouses by Oct. 15, and 20 million more to be ready each week after that until 195 million is reached. New York Times

The pandemic H1N1 flu is mild so far but as millions get it I think the chances for a dangerous type of mutation to emerge are millions of times more likely. This is my logic - what do you think?

posted on Sat, 09/19/2009 - 3:31pm
lewis1's picture
lewis1 says:

The vaccine is effective to immune the flu disease but it has certain harmful effects too to some special category people.The main problem is its directly inhaling, which increases the immunity but as well as increases some risks too.
dr krauss new york

posted on Mon, 03/21/2011 - 5:20am

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