Friday, September 25, 2009


The H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

HERE IS SOMETHING I LEARNED TODAY WHEN I CALLED MY DOCTOR TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE H1N1 VACCINATION. I was told that those of us over age 64 have a natural immunity to the H1N1 flu and that we really don't need the vaccine.

Also, if you had the Asian Flu in 1957, you also still have much immunity to H1N1. The 1957 epidemic was the last H1 outbreak.

We DO need the "seasonal" flu vaccine (which is soething entirely different).

This is from the Federal Government:

"The committee recognized the need to assess supply and demand issues at the local level. The committee further recommended that once the demand for vaccine for these target groups has been met at the local level, programs and providers should begin vaccinating everyone from ages 25 through 64 years. Current studies indicate the risk for infection among persons age 65 or older is less than the risk for younger age groups. Therefore, as vaccine supply and demand for vaccine among younger age groups is being met, programs and providers should offer vaccination to people over the age of 65.


1 comment:

sheryl lynn gerety said...

This is good advice. In fact if you caught the flu in 1957, the most recent H1 wave, you have some immunity compared to anyone born after that year. Good health, Sheryl