Swine Flu Questions Answered
Questions and answers on the swine flu vaccine. Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - When it comes to the Swine Flu, it's not hard to find people who have questions.
"I can understand why people are confused because of the Swine Flu scare in the spring," said Martha Chambers who plans to get vaccinated.
That's why we've tried to answer some of the most frequent questions.
First, what's the difference between the nasal spray and the regular shot in the arm?
Not much, other than pregnant women, children under two, and adults over 49 years old should not use the nasal spray.
"It's just less effective for people over the age of 49 and others shouldn't have it because of their weak immune system," said Froedtert doctor Dan DeBehnke.
Second, who should get vaccinated?
The short answer: essentially everyone.
But right now doctors are vaccinating first responders and health care workers. They will then focus on people in the high risk categories. Those are people who may have other medical problems.
"As more vaccine is made available that plan will broaden to the general public," said DeBehnke
Third, how many shots should I get?
If you're under ten years old, you need two Swine Flu shots. If you're over ten, you only need one.
And finally, should I be afraid about getting vaccinated, even if I've already received the seasonal flu shot?
Doctors say absolutely not.
"It's a good vaccine. It does what it's meant to do and that is vaccinate you from H1N1," said DeBehnke.
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