Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by the H1N1 virus. The virus infects the respiratory tract of pigs and can be easily transmissible among humans. The disease lasts about seven to ten days. It is infectious and can lead to death. Hence it is important to vaccinate yourself, because it is the best way to prevent or reduce the chances of being infected with Swine Flu.
Swine Flu Vaccine
Vaccines have been developed to prevent Swine Flu. There are two different varieties of the vaccine, such as Pandemrix and Celvapan. People given Pandemrix vaccine require only one dose. Individuals who take the Celvapan vaccine require two dosages for three weeks. There are two because Pandemrix is not suitable for egg allergy sufferers.
Who should take the vaccine?
The vaccine is given on a priority to people, who are susceptible to severe complications when infected with the Swine flu virus. These people are usually children (above six months) and adults having long-term health conditions, including lung, heart, kidney, liver and neurological diseases, as well as diabetes.
Pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy, are at risk of being seriously ill if they catch the virus. Studies have proved that pregnant women are more likely to develop severe complications from Swine Flu. Moreover, the risks of flu are maximum at the later stages of pregnancy.
People living in the same house
If you are living with someone who has been diagnosed with Swine Flu, it is important that you get vaccinated, especially if you suffer from a long-term health disorder.
Health Care Professionals
Doctors and other health care professionals are at a high risk of catching the virus from infected patients, and need to protect themselves through vaccination.
Individuals who are not on the priority list should also take the vaccine to protect themselves from being infected by the virus. Especially, everyone from 6 months to 24 years of age needs to be vaccinated, because these individuals are usually more likely to be affected than older people.
Who should be careful?
Egg cultures are used in the preparation of these vaccines, especially the vaccine Pandemrix. Therefore, people with severe egg allergies should be cautious.
Where can you get the Vaccination?
You can get the vaccine at all the Health care providers. It is available with the health departments and the local hospitals. Moreover, you can confirm with your family doctor in advance if the vaccine is available.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent Swine Flu!