Saturday, October 31, 2009

H1N1 vaccine potential side effects & social responsibility

Posted By Sun Media

"Everything from side effects to social responsibility comes into play when deciding whether to get an H1N1 flu vaccine, but Manitoba's chief public health officer says the ultimate decision is up to every individual.

'Mild' Impact

The Public Health Agency of Canada stated there are some side effects, usually mild, associated with the vaccine, including soreness in the arm where the vaccine was given, sore or red eyes, itchiness and mild fever.

However, PHAC also notes "about one out of every million people will have a severe reaction to a flu vaccine, including anaphylaxis or Guillain-Barré Syndrome," which is a serious autoimmune disorder. "

Joel Kettner, Manitoba's chief public health officer, said there is no danger in getting the vaccine if you've already had H1N1, but also little benefit.

Kettner also said the vaccine is not being used to stop the flu bug's spread, so there is no need to get the vaccine to reach any particular protection level among the larger population.

"We're using this vaccine mostly for the purposes of individual protection," he said.

He added that every time someone gets sick, they pose a risk to others.

But Kettner noted that he personally wouldn't consider anyone who doesn't get the shot socially irresponsible.

"It's just a matter a judgment," he said."


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