H1N1 Vaccine

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Tiffany Yang

There’s a lot of talk going on lately about the H1N1 vaccination. Will there be enough? Who should get it? Is it safe?

A poll done by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that a surprising number of parents in Ann Arbor are not going to get their children vaccinated. Even the New York Times wrote an article about parents who are weary of this particular vaccination. While many are still getting their seasonal flu shots, they are apprehensive about the new H1N1 vaccine. Mainly, it seems, because it seems to have been made in a very quick manner and many are afraid that there were either not enough clinical trials or that the trials were too short to fully determine the side effects. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a nice site dedicated to the H1N1 and while they assure the public that the vaccination was made just like the way the seasonal flu vaccine is made and that proper clinical trials were carried out, a very loose poll I conducted found that many people are still unsure about whether they are going to get the vaccination. There is a lag time between the shots and when you are supposed to be protected and with so many people coming down with the virus,

The topic of getting this particular vaccine is a touchy subject within the School of Public Health and people are appalled/outraged/confused about why you would choose one option over the other. Some people have really strong feelings against vaccinations above “required” ones like measles while others can’t believe you would even take the chance of getting the flu/H1N1 when you could have the vaccine.

What about you? How do you feel about the H1N1 vaccination?

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