Swine Flu Vaccine Works After One Dose

According to Yahoo and MSNBC News the swine flu vaccine has proven to be effective in inhibiting the H1N1 virus after only one dose. It was previously thought that 2 to 3 doses would be required to inhibit the growth of the swine flu, and there would have to be a 3 week waiting period in between the first and the second where the vaccine was not effective, however, this has not proven to be the case.

Australian shot maker CSL Ltd. published results of a study that found between 75 percent and 96 percent of vaccinated people should be protected with one dose — the same degree of effectiveness as the regular winter flu shot. That's remarkable considering scientists thought it would take two doses.(Yahoo News)

Testing has been performed solely on adults to date, so how the vaccine affects children is largely unknown. Because vaccines can have potentially harmful side effects, every effort is being made to ensure the swine flu vaccine is safe before it is made available to the public. Currently the vaccine is known to cause pain at the site of injection and, according to Mail Online, it may be linked to nerve disorders such as Guillain-Barr Syndrome (GBS).

Swine flu is not the only flu virus that is likely to be prevalent this flu season. Other strains will also make an appearance as they always do during flu season, which can run from September into January. According to the CDC:

Every year in the United States, on average:

  • 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
  • more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
  • about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. (CDC)

Swine Flu in Lyons Creek Middle School

The swine flu is making an appearance in South Florida schools. At least one child in Lyons Creek Middle School in Coconut Creek, Florida has been diagnosed with the swine flu virus. Coconut Creek is a small town sandwiched between the better known towns of Coral Springs and Boca Raton, Florida. The seventh grader diagnosed with the swine flu virus has a fever of at least 102 degrees and is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and headache. He stated that he knows of at least two other middle school classmates who are suffering from the same swine flu symptoms. Help stop the spread of the swine flu virus in schools by encouraging your school to take proactive measures and staying up to date on any new developments.

If your child develops flu symptoms including high fever, coughing, sneezing, headache, body ache or vomiting, get them to a personal physician for diagnosis and treatment. Emergency rooms are overloaded with people who fear they or their children might be suffering from the virus. Be sure to give the sufferer plenty of fluids, and attempt to bring down fever over 101 degrees. Keep the fever in check by alternating acetaminophen and ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours and take steps to learn How to Treat Swine Flu Infection. If you have a baby or small child, learn how to Recognize Symptoms of the Swine Flu Virus in Your Baby or Young Child and see a doctor to ensure you receive treatment information.

Although most flu attacks the elderly, the swine flu has been most deadly for young people. It seems people over 50 may have developed an immunity against a similar flu strain and do not suffer the most severe symptoms. Teach your kids How to Avoid Swine Flu Infection by washing hands and avoiding hand to face or face to face contact. Do not panic if your child gets the swine flu, but do be diligent addressing symptoms to ensure they do not get out of control. To find out How to Get Information on the Swine Flu Epidemic, follow the previous link or go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.