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Who Is At Highest Risk Of Swine Flu That Can Qualify For A Vaccine? Are The Young And Healthy At Risk For This?

Postby Huey » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:46 pm

Swine flu vaccine priority for most at risk People at the most risk from swine flu will be given priority for the swine flu vaccine. Priority groups will include pregnant women, frontline health and social care workers, and everyone over six months old with serious underlying health conditions. Vaccinations are expected to begin in late September or October.Swine flu vaccineMore than 11 million people are in the priority groups to be first in line for the swine flu vaccine.The following groups will be prioritised in this order(numbers given are estimates for England only): 1. people aged over six months and under 65 years in seasonal flu vaccine at-risk groups(about five million people) 2. all pregnant women, subject to licensing conditions on trimesters(about 0.5 million people) 3. household contacts of people with reduced immune systems - e.g. people in regular close contact with patients on treatment for cancer(about 0.5 million people) 4. people aged 65 and over in the seasonal flu vaccine at-risk groups(about 3.5 million people) - this does not include otherwise healthy over 65s as they appear to have some natural immunity to the virusVaccination of frontline health and social care workers(around two million people) will begin at the same time as the first at-risk group. This will probably be in late September or October.This group is at increased risk of infection and of transmitting that infection to susceptible patients. Protecting these people will help the NHS workforce to remain resilient and able to treat sick patients.Steps are being taken to extend vaccination against swine flu to other groups.Health secretary, Andy Burnham, said: ""The UK will be one of the first countries in the world to receive a vaccine supply, thanks to contracts put in place by the government in advance of the pandemic."""Although the virus has so far proved to be mild in most people, for others it has been more serious. By vaccinating high risk groups first, we aim to protect those most vulnerable to this virus."""Our decisions at all times are based on advice from the most eminent specialists, and this will continue to be the case as we go forward."" Sources: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_179821 katty788 65 months ago Please sign in to give a compliment. Please verify your account to give a compliment. Please sign in to send a message. Please verify your account to send a message.
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Who Is At Highest Risk Of Swine Flu That Can Qualify For A Vaccine? Are The Young And Healthy At Risk For This?

Postby Motavato » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:07 am

From Snopes.com regarding the misinformation being spread by email and throughout the blogosphere about ewind Flu and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Please note, the boldface print was done by me. The false claims are shown with the # symbol.# The last time they did mandatory vaccinations at least one person died and many others developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a devastating illness.This statement is presumably a reference to the 1976 Swine flu vaccination program, known as the National Influenza Immunization Program(NIIP). Although a causal connection was never definitively established, the possibility that the vaccine might have resulted in an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome(GBS), an inflammatory disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, was one of the factors that led to the termination of the program:What NIIP did not and could not survive was finding cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome(GBS) among persons receiving swine flu immunizations. As of 1976, >50 "antecedent events" had been identified in temporal relationship to GBS, events that were considered as possible factors in its cause. The list included viral infections, injections, and "being struck by lightning." Whether or not any of the antecedents had a causal relationship to GBS was, and remains, unclear. When cases of GBS were identified among recipients of the swine flu vaccines, they were, of course, well covered by the press. Because GBS cases are always present in the population, the necessary public health questions concerning the cases among vaccine recipients were "Is the number of cases of GBS among vaccine recipients higher than would be expected? And if so, are the increased cases the result of increased surveillance or a true increase?" Leading epidemiologists debated these points, but the consensus, based on the intensified surveillance for GBS(and other conditions) in recipients of the vaccines, was that the number of cases of GBS appeared to be an excess.It should be noted, however, that the primary reason for the termination of the NIIP was that the feared swine flu epidemic it was intended to combat never occurred. Had there been a swine flu epidemic, the benefits of timely vaccinations would have far outweighed the relatively small risks:Had H1N1 influenza been transmitted at that time, the small apparent risk of GBS from immunization would have been eclipsed by the obvious immediate benefit of vaccine-induced protection against swine flu. However, in December 1976, with >40 million persons immunized and no evidence of H1N1 transmission, federal health officials decided that the possibility of an association of GBS with the vaccine, however small, necessitated stopping immunization, at least until the issue could be explored.Since a current swine flu vaccine has yet to be put through clinical trials and rolled out to large numbers of people, no one could possibly know what connection(if any) there might be between such a vaccine and GBS. Moreover, it's something of a logical disconnect to assert that a particular contagion is going to cause the death of 60% of the population, yet suggest people should avoid being vaccinated for it because of a minuscule chance that taking the vaccine might result in the recipient's contracting a different illness.# They have not let the public know because they don't want people to panic. They expect that martial law will be put into effect.These types of statements are commonly found(almost verbatim) in all manner of unsubstantiated, alarmist e-mails, covering scenarios from Y2K-related chaos to the United States' surrendering its sovereignty to the United Nations. We have yet to encounter a single case in which such statements proved to be true.# This is straight from the mouths of the CDC and Johns Hopkins.As noted above, neither the CDC(nor Johns Hopkins) has issued any such statements as the ones claimed above.Rather than relying on and disseminating misinformation about swine flu passed along through anonymous, unsourced e-mails, we'd advise readers to obtain their information from reputable public health agencies such as the CDC and the WHO.
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