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Let’s Not Let Down Our Guard on H1N1

By Dr. Christopher J Harrison MD, FAAP

[Editor’s note-Although it seems that cases of H1N1 influenza may be slowing down, it’s important to still be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our families. I wanted to share some very helpful guidelines from a physician who wanted to help spread the message about a dangerous trend: secondary infection of pneumococcal disease from H1N1 flu. Please take a second and read these guidelines from Dr. Christopher J Harrison MD, FAAP, Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City.]

Are there still things we should be doing to protect our families, despite the recent decline in the intense 2009 H1N1 influenza activity, and stories about the virus and its complications no longer dominating the nightly news?

There is at least a 50-50 chance that there will be another wave of intense 2009 H1N1 activity after the first of the year. Some immunizing centers are opening up eligibility for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine to include all persons not yet immunized. If our family members are not yet immunized to 2009 H1N1 influenza, be vigilant for when this option is available to those without high risk in our area.
Any family members who have not received seasonal influenza vaccine should get it now. It is unclear if seasonal influenza will occur in the same months as in most years (December through April). But it makes sense to get as much protection as possible given that it is likely at least one seasonal influenza strain will arise this winter.
It is clear that many severe influenza outcomes are due to secondary bacterial pneumonia. This is caused nearly equally by MRSA (a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics) and pneumococcus. Much pneumococcal pneumonia can be prevented by pneumococcal vaccines.
Figure out if you should get the pneumococcal vaccine. Most children 2 years old who has risk factors for pneumococcal disease, (see item 5 below or click here). This vaccine is as safe as a regular “tetanus shot”, is relatively inexpensive, and provides potential protection for up to 5 years.
~70 million known candidates have not yet received the pneumococcal vaccine (PPV23) (National Health Interview Survey, 2007). Candidates for PP23 are in groups that would not surprise most of us. They are those >65 years old, or with a cochlear implant or spinal fluid leaks, or chronic illnesses (lung, heart, kidney, blood, or liver disease) or a weakened immune system (transplant recipients, those with HIV/AIDS or cancer, people without functioning spleens or taking immune suppressing drugs), or adults asthmatics or smokers.
Waiting until our family members are sick is too late for vaccines. Do a vaccine inventory for both influenza vaccines and both pneumococcal vaccines. Then seek out the vaccines they need. It is better to prevent than to try to treat disease. So do it now.

  1. Bill
    September 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    But Dr. anyone who has studied the issue and not simply trusted the “experts” (who are really shills for the drug companies) knows that vaccines DO NOT WORK AS PROMISED! Neither are they studied to any legitimate level of confidence that they are safe since they only, if they even do any studies, do short studies of little value since they are designed to illicit one result.

    If Mercury in the fish I might eat is so dangerous, why in the world would I inject myself with a form of the substance, the 2nd most toxic substance known to man when in its natural form but rather a substance that is many times more toxic in the methylated form it is in when injected in the vaccines? Why do you clowns in white gowns and scrubs continue to practice ignorance and promote stupidity at the cost of lives and millions upon millions of dollars?

    If these vaccines are so safe, as you proclaim doctor – why don’t you prove it by publicly injecting yourself with 15 doses from a vial not shaken up and allow us to watch as you go slowly into dementia or worse collapse from the heavy metal onslaught to your body?

    Be the MAN!!!


  2. Chris
    September 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Bill, why did it take you two years to respond to this post? Where do you get your information, will it help you take aprat the over 36 thousand papers at PubMed found with the words “vaccine studies”?

    I’m curious if vaccines don’t work as promised, what happened to measles? The following is a list of measles incidence over most of the 20th century. Can you tell us, with proper scientific documentation, why the levels of measles in 1970 are only 10% of the levels of 1960 in the USA? If it was not vaccines, what was it?

    From http://www.census.gov/prod/99pubs/99statab/sec31.pdf
    Year…. Rate per 100000 of measles
    1912 . . . 310.0
    1920 . . . 480.5
    1925 . . . 194.3
    1930 . . . 340.8
    1935 . . . 584.6
    1940 . . . 220.7
    1945 . . . 110.2
    1950 . . . 210.1
    1955 . . . 337.9
    1960 . . . 245.4
    1965 . . . 135.1
    1970 . . . . 23.2
    1975 . . . . 11.3
    1980 . . . . . 5.9
    1985 . . . . . 1.2
    1990 . . . . .11.2
    1991 . . . . . .3.8
    1992 . . . . . .0.9
    1993 . . . . . .0.1
    1994 . . . . . .0.4
    1995 . . . . . .0.1
    1996 . . . . . .0.2
    1997 . . . . . . 0.1


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