GETTING H1N1 VACCINE
ANCHOR LEAD: IF YOU’VE ALREADY HAD THE FLU, SHOULD YOU GET VACCINATED? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Now that H1N1 vaccine is becoming more widely available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending almost everyone get it, even those who’ve already had the flu this season. David Thomas, chair of infectious disease at Johns Hopkins, explains why.
THOMAS: The first reason to vaccinate people who have presumptively already had the flu is some of them really didn’t have the flu. Taking that and the fact that we believe that there’s no reason to believe the vaccine wouldn’t be safe in people who have already had it, so there’s no disincentive and they may still well need it, so that’s the simple rationale for giving the vaccine to people who had a febrile illness during October. I’ve got three kids in that category and all of whom I’m going to give the vaccine to. :29
Experts are concerned that with the rise in travel this holiday season, H1N1 will hitch a ride to many more parts of the country and the world, so prompt vaccination is indicated. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.