The H1N1 Vaccine - Who Will Get It?

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H1N1, formerly referred to as Swine flu, is taking the world by storm. As people worldwide brace for this new virus, many are fearful as to what the fall flu season will hold. The United States normally sees no flu cases during the summer months. The H1N1 virus has shown that this is a virulent strain, causing sickness even in summer. As children head to school and summer comes to a close, many worry if the H1N1 vaccination will be available should a widespread outbreak occur.

The current H1N1 vaccination is still in production, and there is a possibility that it will be ready come this autumn season. If it has passed clinical trials and testing and is deemed safe, there is an order of preference for receiving the vaccine. When the Novel H1N1 vaccine becomes available pregnant women, caregivers and households that care for children 6 months old and younger, healthc are workers and emergency medical services personnel, children and young adults between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, and people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have health conditions that would pose a risk of complications associated with the H1N1 virus will receive preferential status for receiving the vaccine.

These recommendations are set in place in case the vaccine is available in limited quantities. There is a chance that there will be enough of the vaccine for everyone; if this is the situation, the preferred status will not be needed. If, however, there is demand for the H1N1 vaccine, the preferred order will be the same as listed above. Pregnant women will receive the vaccine first, followed by those who live with or are caregivers for children younger than 6 months old, health care and emergency medical services personnel that have direct contact with patients, children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, followed by children between the ages of 5 and 18. It is estimated that those on the preferred list constitutes approximately 159 million people. It's important to realize that the H1N1 vaccine does not negate or replace the need for receiving the seasonal flu vaccine.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29