Swine Flu Update
The facts behind the H1N1 fear and tips to avoid it
-Dr. Lissa Rankin, Betty’s OB/GYN on Call
It’s been almost three months since the media blasted swine flu all over every newscast. They hype has died down some, but swine flu now (now called H1N1) is still out there. Just yesterday the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued guidelines for a vaccination campaign. The committee recommended several groups that should receive the vaccine first including: pregnant women; health care and emergency services personnel; children, adolescents and young adults up to age 24; household and caregiver contacts of children younger than six months; and healthy adults with certain medical conditions. Federal officials say a mass vaccination program should be underway by October, and clinical safety tests are currently being conducted.
There are still many questions out there about the flu and what people can do to protect themselves. Here are a few of the most frequent questions I’ve been getting: