Monday, September 28, 2009

Swine Flu Update- Should You Get Vaccinated?

The swine flu is still being heavily talked about in the news. Although many health experts have confirmed that the swine flu poses no more of an imminent danger than the regular seasonal flu, the topic is still causing many Americans to breakout in a non-flu sweat. If you're wondering whether you should get vaccinated, here's what the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has to say about the issue:

Get vaccinated if...
-You are worried about becoming ill or transmitting the influenza to others- (The majority of Americans are at least a little worried about getting the flu--so definitely get vaccinated if you fall under the following categories.)
-If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant- get vaccinated
-Have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological, or metabolic disorders
-Are caregivers of children less than 5 years old and adults aged 50 years and older

According to the NY Times, about 100 million get vaccinated for the seasonal flu shot a year. The government has ordered twice that many doses of the swine flu vaccine. If you're worried about it and want to get vaccinated, talk to your doctor about where you can get the swine flu shot. While it's good to get the vaccination as a safeguard, don't have a heart attack over the subject in the meantime.

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