Flu Cdc Vaccine Recall

The swine flu is a considerable new threat this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, has been strategizing ever since the first known cases of swine flu this past April. The most strategic component of this strategy involves the appropriate dissemination of the swine flu vaccine to as many individuals as possible.

Vaccines help control infection rates by stopping the spread of viruses. They have been promoted as one of the greatest medical wonders invented. However, throughout history, there have been many vaccine problems, from contamination to severe side effects. Sometimes, vaccines are recalled after this is discovered.

H1N1 Vaccine Safety

An estimated 40 percent of health care workers refuse a flu shot, mainly because of fear of side effects. Amid public fears about swine flu vaccine safety, the CDC issued a report that the vaccine is safe. In addition, the latest studies show that the rate and severity of side effects of the swine flu shot is the same as the regular seasonal flu shot.

The CDC states that there is no evidence that the swine flu vaccine causes any serious side effects. Over 22 million Americans have received the swine flu vaccine with about 3,200 incidents of side effects (or about .01 percent of cases). Most of the side effects are minor, and include swelling, soreness at the injection site, and low-grade fever.

Of the 22 million Americans who were administered the swine flu shot, there were 13 deaths reported following vaccination. Nine of those patients had significant underlying disease.

About an additional 170 serious adverse events are being investigated as a possible direct side effect of the H1N1 vaccine. With these numbers, the bottom line is that there is no increased rate of severe or common side effects with the H1N1 vaccine compared to the regular seasonal flu vaccine.

For many, argues the CDC, swine flu vaccine benefits outweigh the risks.

Specific H1N1 Vaccine Concerns

Recently, Canadian doctors have been advised about serious allergic reactions with a certain batch of swine flu vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company with vaccine sources, recalled about 170,000 doses of the swine flu vaccine in Canada. No other doses distributed throughout the world are affected.

More worrisome is human error. Recently, it was reported that a US school administered the wrong vaccines—the seasonal flu shot was given to 47 students instead of the H1N1 flu shot. Another school gave the H1N1 flu shot to a child who was not supposed to receive it. While it isn’t catastrophic to receive the seasonal flu shot instead of the H1N1 vaccine, be sure you trust your doctor and vaccine provider and understand the risks and benefits of being vaccinated.


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Gorman, A. (2009). Hospital workers lose jobs over flu shot. Retrieved December 9, 2009, from the WPVI-TV Web site: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/health