Swine flu vaccines coming - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Commentary

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Swine flu vaccines coming

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009 11:00 pm

The H1N1 virus has infected well over one million people in the United States and has become the CDC’s No. 1 priority. As a health care provider, I have an obvious interest in seeing the least suffering from illness. This is why I want people to get vaccinated as expeditiously as possible.

 

Are the vaccines safe?

The nasal spray vaccine is a Live-Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV). The virus has been “cold-adapted,” which means that it has been genetically modified to only replicate at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, but not at human core body temperatures. This is why the LAIV can cause nasal congestion because it can replicate in the nose but can’t replicate anywhere lower in the respiratory tract. The injectable vaccine contains an inactivated virus. The H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines are manufactured in exactly the same way. The bottom line is they are safe. You absolutely CANNOT get the flu from the vaccine.

 

When and where can you get the H1N1 vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine availability will be changing from week to week. Unfortunately, the CDC projected that much more vaccine would be available then the manufacturers have been able to provide. This comes at a time when the second wave of this pandemic has clearly arrived. Twenty-seven percent more flu cases were reported to the Arizona State Lab the first week of October in comparison to the previous week.

An initial 39,000 doses of LAIV were released Oct. 6 and went to hospital-based health care workers and emergency medical workers. Since then vaccine in the LAIV form and injectable form has become available but in quantities less than anticipated. Given this limited supply, the Maricopa County Health Department will be directing the majority of those vaccines to large pediatric practices, large OB/GYN practices and the two largest community health centers.

 

Be patient

Eventually the Health Department hopes to stock private practices, pharmacies, vaccination clinics, school-based vaccine events and WIC (Women Infants and Children) sites. The public will have to be patient for an adequate supply of vaccine to get to their provider’s office or a vaccination clinic near them. Check the Web site www.fluaz.org periodically to find out when and where the vaccine will be available to you.

 

Dr. Mark Tosca is a family practice physician at Kachina Family Practice (www. Kachinafamilypractice.com) and will be writing about the flu monthly. For more information on the H1N1 virus, go to www.cdc.gov or contact Tosca at drmark2001@gmail.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

DIN And Dash: A Short Thesis On DineEquity

DineEquity (NYSE:DIN) owns and franchises Applebee's Neighbor Bar and Grill and International House of Pancakes (IHOP) with over 3,700 restaur…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 5:12 am @ http://seekingalpha.com/article/4027986-din-dash-s…

Tucson police release images of officers, suspect in shooting

TUCSON, AZ - Tucson police say an officer who shot is progressing but remains in critical condition. Officer Jorge Tequida was shot in the sho…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 5:11 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-…

7 Things to Know About Secretary of Defense Nominee James Mattis

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER 1. His nicknames include “Chaos,” “Mad Dog,” and “The Warrior Monk.” The most commonly used of these nicknames is “…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 10:39 pm @ http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/12…

FACT CHECK: Trump Won 3,084 of 3,141 Counties, Clinton Won 57

Claim: President-elect Donald Trump won 3,084 of America's 3,141 counties; Hillary Clinton won just 57. false Example: [Collected via e-mail a…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 10:09 pm @ http://www.snopes.com/trump-won-3084-of-3141-count…

Remains of Pfc. Daniel Hunt, killed in Korea, find final resting place in Arizona 65 years later

PHOENIX - The homecoming more than a generation in the waiting finally happened this week.

Published: December 2, 2016 - 9:30 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/nor…

Car plows into Phoenix restaurant; impairment suspected

PHOENIX - Police took one person into custody after a car rammed into a restaurant in central Phoenix on Friday evening.  According to the Pho…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 9:31 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Department of Homeland Security Will Continue Contracting With Private Prison Companies

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) subcommittee has decided that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should continue contracting wi…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 8:38 pm @ https://rewire.news/article/2016/12/02/department-…

Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock

National Nurses UnitedContact: Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246 National Nurses United today announced that it is donating $50,000 to support U.S…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 7:37 pm @ http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2016/12/02/nu…

Chandler father, teen use survival skills after becoming stranded

CHANDLER, AZ - Survival smarts saved a Chandler man and his son after they were stranded in the wilderness near Globe. Tim Corbitt and his 13-…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 7:37 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

Man Who Invented General Tso’s Chicken Dead at Age 98

Editor's Picks Kanye West Is Living Apart From Kim Kardashian Sherri Papini Screamed So Much ‘She Was Coughing Up Blood’ Trying to Get Help Si…

Published: December 2, 2016 - 7:30 pm @ http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/man-w…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…