Originally Posted by roadfamily6now
thank you for the clarifications.
I too am curious about the h1N1 in schools. They sent home a note over the weekend (which we got yesterday due to the kids being sick, ironic) and it stated the schools were getting the vax, and they were going to vax at school for free. It was OPTIONAL and the form sent home was to be returned if you DID want your kids vax'd so they could get a head count.
That is all I got.
That note is just a very unscientific poll. We (some ASD folks) are just trying to get a handle on the percentage of parents interested in having their kids get the vax at schools. In a typical year, only 20% get a flu shot. For this year & H1N1 estimates are ranging from 30-80%, which means in the ASD schools alone the difference in administering 15K vs 40K shots or squirts. I'd request that you send back the form even if the answer is no or I don't know yet. (I understand the form only had a yes box, but I never saw the final version.)
Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
I was pretty dead set against the swine vax, but then I heard that people can get swine flu multiple times... man I wouldn't want that multiple times.. geesh. Now I don't know- but am certainly determined to do some more research.
I just heard this too. For any influenza (or at least the regular seasonal versions and H1N1) immunity is only a short term thing - maybe 6-9 months. This is part of the reason why you should get a flu shot every year if you get one (as well as the flu strains changing year to year). Its also why most public health departments don't give flu shots until around Oct 1 - so that you have immunity through the regular flu season. If you get it in August, you could lose immunity by March or April and then get the flu.
Unfortunately they are finding with H1N1 that some folks are getting multiple rounds of it. Some people just aren't producing enough antibodies, especially if their first round is a mild case. Its been particularly problematic if the 2nd round is only a couple of months later, because your body hasn't fully recovered from the 1st round and you're more susceptible to the secondary infections (pneumonia) or other complications. Ick. I had the flu 8 times one year - I always assumed, as did my doctor, that I just caught every strain that year. Maybe it was the same one over & over.