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Re: Vaccine truth and fiction
  • 1/30/2013 12:37:52 PM
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Hospice it is true there is risk with everythign we have seen vaccines help alot of people and hurt some. We can only hope that as science advances we will continue to get better at manufacuring the most accurate vaccines with the least side effects.It  Is really about weighing your risk.

Re: Vaccine truth and fiction
  • 1/30/2013 12:35:12 PM
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Mark I agree that we need to understand the root cause there can also becontamination in certain batches of vacccines. I think its unfortuate when the media latches on to anomolies becasue it scares alot of people away from the vaccine in the US. I was also wondering if you knew of any manufactureres that are producing mercury free flu vaccines for children a few years ago they were easy to find now its very hard to find.

Re: Vaccine truth and fiction
  • 1/30/2013 11:53:50 AM
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@Maryam,

"I am curious about your opinion of the issue that Europe is facing with children who received the H1N1 vaccine that are currently experiencing high rates of Narcolepsy"

That is very unfortunate and scary. Like any new drug, we have to expect that non-predictable side effects will occur. The vaccine may get better with time, but personally, I am always skeptical about the efficiency of new drugs.

Re: Now I know my A-B-Cs
  • 1/30/2013 11:47:35 AM
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@Callmebob,

"Unfortunately I was one of those who got the vaccination but still caught the flu."

It is like a predictive analysis model : You can't expect to get a 100 percent accuracy- epecially when you test the model on an "unseen" data. :D

Re: Now I know my A-B-Cs
  • 1/29/2013 10:23:24 PM
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@Callmebob, thanks for your comment, and for the anecdotal evidence for reduced severity and duration.  I'll keep up the vaccination campaign as long as the data support it!

Re: Vaccine truth and fiction
  • 1/29/2013 10:18:28 PM
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@Maryam, thanks for posting that information.  It looks like the CDC is sponsoring a study of the association between that particular vaccine and the narcolepsy cases.  I scanned a few other articles, and the association does seem compelling.  One article said that 30 million people in 47 countries received the vaccine in question, and that about 800 European children developed narcolepsy after receiving the shot.  Suspicion is on the adjuvant compound (something not allowed in US vaccines), but they are also not ruling out environmental or genetic factors.

I would say let's wait until the study is complete.  Correlation can be misleading - establishing a causal relationship takes more than association.

Re: Flu fluency
  • 1/29/2013 9:42:51 PM
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@Beth - Thanks - I've always been fascinated by virology, and I've developed a real love for computational and functional genomics.  The flu virus is such a simple organism - it's genetic code is only about 13,000 nucleotides long - and yet it has amazing capacity.  Regarding the business side of the vaccinations, I can say that every health insurance company I know pays 100% of the cost of flu shots.  Vaccination and prevention make economic sense as well as health sense.  Flu outbreaks cost lives and billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity.

Re: Interesting flu analytics
  • 1/29/2013 9:28:14 PM
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@Noreen - Thanks for your comment.  I haven't read that study - did the authors suggest any cause for the relationship between warmer winters and more severe flu seasons?

Now I know my A-B-Cs
  • 1/29/2013 1:38:08 PM
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Thanks Mark - Keep reinforcing your ABCs for getting a flu shot. The more people that get one, the fewer people will get it or spread it around. Unfortunately I was one of those who got the vaccination but still caught the flu. It wasn't fun but comparing my symptons with a few other people who contracted it, I didn't get as sick or as long as they did.

 

Vaccine truth and fiction
  • 1/29/2013 1:25:54 PM
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We are living through a severe flu outbreak in the Northeast and a sever norovirus outbreak. I wish they had  a norovirus vaccine because I am still recovering from my bout a week ago but I understand that is still years away and the strain I was infected with is a mutated strain that originated from Australia and leaves most of us vulnerable to its effects.

 I think that so many people are hesitant about the flu vaccine based on the myths of the past and reports of vaccines gone wrong. I am curious about your opinion of the issue that Europe is facing with children who received the H1N1 vaccine that are currently experiencing high rates of Narcolepsy. They explained that vaccine standards allow for adjuvant components in the EU and not in North America. Thoughts? http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/h1n1_narcolepsy_pandemrix.html

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