Swine Flu Cases Rise; CDC Urges Vaccination
Vaccines for Swine Flu, Seasonal Flu Can Be Given Together, Experts Say
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Results of H1N1 Trials
Vaccines against both H1N1 and seasonal influenza can be given
simultaneously, said Fauci. "We embarked on a study in August with 800 people,"
he said. The question: if you gave both vaccines at once, would there be any
interference with immunity?
Based on early results from 50 of those participants, he said, simultaneous
administration of both shots does not impact the immune response of either
vaccine. However, Schuchat said that the CDC does not recommend getting two
nasal vaccines at the same time, as there may be competition.
Under way now are studies of the H1N1 vaccine in those with asthma, pregnant
women, and those who are HIV positive, he said.
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Of the H1N1 vaccine, ''I would say there is moderate concern about the
safety of it," says Wally Ghurabi, DO, chief of emergency services at Santa
Monica-UCLA and Orthopaedic Hospital in California and a member of the H1N1
Steering Committee for the University of California Los Angeles.
He hears about patients going on the Internet, hearing rumors and reports
that may not be true. ''Someone always brings up Guillain-Barre," he says.
Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological condition, was linked with the
previous swine flu vaccine, manufactured in 1976. But the link was not clear,
and experts point out that vaccine production has improved greatly since then,
as has testing for contaminants, which may have explained the link.
Ghurabi's advice is to weigh the pros and cons, taking your risk into
account. "If you are caring for a two-month old baby or are pregnant, you are in a high risk group,"