Monday, October 26, 2009

H1N1 Questions answered

I am getting a lot of H1N1 questions right now. Here is the latest. I thought these were some good ones to get answered. I am not sure if every doctor would answer them the same, but this response is from an OSF doctor who is answering a lot of questions on the topic.

Hello there, as a concerned mother of four, will your child still need the H1N1 vaccine if they come down with it this season? Also, will there be a need to vaccine the children next year or will H1N1 become less of a threat as the years go on like the 1976 episode?

"We would still recommend vaccinating people with H1N1 unless they have had testing confirmed H1N1 (which we are only testing inpatients at the present time)"

"Next year the H1N1 likely will be incorporated into the seasonal flu vaccine."

Brian S Curtis, MD
Medical Director, Adult Hospitalist Service
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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