Sep
13
2009

One dose H1N1 vaccination

H1N1 vaccination
H1N1 vaccinationCourtesy AJC1

Making sure vacinations are safe

Before giving H1N1 flu vaccinations to millions of people, clinical trials are needed. What is an effective dose for people of various ages and body types. What are the side effects.

No second shot required for H1N1 flu

Clinical trials are showing that the new H1N1 swine flu vaccine protects with only one dose instead of two. This is very good news. The vaccinations can be given to twice as many people at half the cost.

"Healthy adults got one 15-microgram shot, and their blood was tested 21 days later. By that time, 97 percent of the 120 adults had enough antibodies to be considered protected."
“This is definitely a big deal,” said Dr. John J. Treanor, a vaccine expert at the University oRochester. “People had been planning for a scenario that would require two doses.” New York Times

Pregnant women first

The vaccinations are proving to be effective only 8-10 days after being administered. This may allow all 159 million people in the high risk group (pregnant women, people under 24 years old or caring for infants, people with high-risk medical conditions and health-care workers) to be protected before the swine flu reaches its expected mid-winter peak.

Learn more about H1N1 influenza vaccine clinical trials

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) News statement: "Early Results from Clinical Trials of 2009 H1N1Influenza Vaccines in Healthy Adults".

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

From the New York Times;

The epidemiologists said Friday that they expected the peak to come as early as next month, long before enough vaccine to protect all 159 million Americans who need it most will be ready.

The 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.

So if the epidemic’s peak comes in late October, millions of people are likely to catch the flu before the vaccine is available.

posted on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 8:58pm
SHINee003's picture
SHINee003 says:

What I want to know is how do scientist KNOW that these vaccinations work? I really want to know how they know because there was the race towards the cure for the H1N1, I think I might have been to fast and that their might be errors in the vaccinations. How can I know that they work?

posted on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:28pm
SyDnEy_RaE's picture
SyDnEy_RaE says:

I would be afraid to take the vacination.

posted on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They DON'T know this vaccination is safe. Only time is able to provide that kind of information and this is being rushed. Not only that, but 2 of the manufacturers are including squalene, which was proven to have caused the gulf war syndrome in 90-100% of the soldiers that got vaccinated for anthrax.

Gov't and drug companies are exempt from any lawsuits from illness caused by the vaccination!! Doesn't give them much incentive to keep it safe if you ask me. And it IS becoming mandatory in some states, being enforced through martial law type tactics. Heck, they're enacting martial law all over the world to force this vaccination. And the CDC has even stated that it's not going to be severe!

Something is very wrong with this!! Very very wrong, indeed.

posted on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 6:01pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I do not think squalene or any other any other adjuvant is legally allowed in the United States. I have considered writing about the relationship between squalene and Gulf War Sydrome (click links to learn more). I need to read the scientific papers first but find the claims shocking.

posted on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 1:29pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Yeah, as I understand it squalene is used in European vaccinations sometimes, but not in the United States, so it seems unlikely that H1N1 vaccines here contain squalene.

I didn't know about the squalene/Gulf War Syndrome association. That's really interesting. But we have to be careful using words like "proven."* It looks like there are lots of things Gulf War soldiers were exposed to that potentially impacted their health, but none of them have been proven to be the cause of the syndrome. I think you might have your figures slightly turned around too—it's not that 95% of the soldiers vaccinated for anthrax developed GWS, but that 95% of GWS patients had antibodies suggesting they were exposed to squalene. It's still an important figure, probably, but it means something a little different.

*Also, be careful with terms like "martial law." I have the feeling that if we experienced both, we'd see some key differences between martial law and flu vaccinations. H1N1 vaccination is not mandatory, except for health care workers in a few states. And I'm pretty sure the military isn't yet involved in enforcing that policy. (That's what martial law means.)

posted on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 2:16pm

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