The news reports are dire, and they're giving everyone the willies about the H1N1 (Swine) flu. The World Health Organization (WHO) have already declared a pandemic.
I don't know about you, but I've been debating whether The Boy should receive the H1N1 vaccine when it is readily available in our area. Just call me June Freaking Skeptic.
So, I thought I visit the source of all things swine flu, the CDC Web site. Here's the map of activity for the US:
Cases Defined by
|Influenza and Pneumonia Syndrome*||12,384||1,544|
I know that this flu seems to affect younger people(specifically, those under 30 years of age) more severely than folks over 50. Pregnant women do not fare well with this strain of flu, either. Perhaps we old folks have been exposed to something similar in our lives, and we have some immunity to it. Who knows. They are recommending vaccines for those from six months to 64 years of age.
The Mister and I have no plans to get the vaccine - but I am unsure what to do about The Boy. I'd like to see if the vaccine causes health problems, as it was fast-tracked to production.
I got the swine flu vaccine back in 1976 - the vaccine that killed more people than the flu it was supposed to protect us from. I'd like to think I have healthy amount of skepticism about our government getting their collective panties in a wad about a vaccine.
Currently, the CDC makes the following recommendations for vaccination:
What are you doing to prepare for the flu?
Have you become hand sanitizer Nazis?
Do you constantly remind family members to cough into their sleeves?
Have you cut down on your visits to crowded places?
What are your plans for vaccinating your family?
Visit flu.gov to see flu activity in your state and within your county, and to find locations where you can get vaccinated.