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H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines (cont.)

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Who should receive H1N1 flu vaccine?

The following groups should receive H1N1 vaccine as soon as possible:

  • Pregnant women because they are more likely to develop serious illness and death from H1N1
  • People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age in order to prevent transmission of flu virus from caregivers to infants. Infants are susceptible to developing serious complications from the flu virus
  • Health care and emergency medical personnel because they are at risk for contracting the flu from sick patients and if infected may transmit the virus to patients
  • Anyone from 6 months through 24 years of age because individuals younger than 25 years of age have been infected more often than older people
  • Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system because chronic conditions reduce the ability of the body to fight diseases

Other groups should be vaccinated as more vaccine becomes available.

What is the influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine (inactivated injectable)?

Injectable H1N1 vaccines are manufactured by CSL, Sanofi Pasteur or Novartis. They are inactivated H1N1 virus vaccines used for immunization of individuals 6 months of age and older against influenza disease caused by H1N1 2009 virus. Injectable H1N1 vaccine will not cause influenza because the virus in it is inactivated though it still stimulates the immune system to form antibodies against the H1N1 virus.

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