2009 H1N1 Vaccine: Inactivated Swine Flu Shot (cont.)
In this Article
- What is 2009 H1N1 influenza?
- How is 2009 H1N1 different from regular (seasonal) flu?
- The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine
- Who should get 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine and when?
- Some people should not get the vaccine or should wait.
- What are the risks from 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine?
- What if there is a severe reaction?
- Vaccine injury compensation
- How can I learn more?
What if there is a severe reaction?
What should I look for?
Any unusual condition, such as a high fever or behavior changes. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.
What should I do?
- Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away.
- Tell the doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given.
- Ask your provider to report the reaction by filing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form. Or you can file this report through the VAERS website at http://www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
VAERS does not provide medical advice.
Vaccine injury compensation
If you or your child has a reaction to the vaccine, your ability to sue is limited by law.
However, a federal program has been created to help pay for the medical care and other specific expenses of certain persons who have a serious reaction to this vaccine. For more information about this program, call 1-888-275-4772 or visit the program's website at: http://www.hrsa.gov/countermeasurescomp/default.htm.
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