Sunday, May 28, 2017

What you need to know about H1N1

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Swine Flu UpdateH1N1 Influenza (also called Swine Flu) is caused by a new strain of influenza virus. It has spread to many countries and is widespread in the United States. Like other flu viruses, 2009 H1N1 spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and through touching objects contaminated with the virus.

Signs of 2009 H1N1 can include fatigue, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, coughing and sneezing. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.

Most people feel better after about a week but most will have cough and congestion for a couple of weeks. Some people get pneumonia or other serious illnesses from the virus itself or as a secondary bacterial infection.

There are two forms of the H1N1 vaccine; the inactivated flu shot and the live attenuated nasal spray. Please note that these vaccines will not protect against the seasonal flu. Your child should also get the seasonal influenza vaccine to be protected against the seasonal flu. SOCPA requires that patients see a provider prior to receiving the first dose of the nasal spray (H1N1 and seasonal). Our purpose is to ensure that your child meets all health requirements in order receive the mist vaccine.

The injectable vaccine will be offered to our high risk patients first. High risk patients include children diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, cardiac conditions, cystic fibrosis, any diseases that compromise the immune system, and/or children who are on aspirin therapy. WE WILL CALL our high risk patients once the injectable is received. If you feel that your child is considered high risk, and you did not get a call, please contact our office directly once our website indicates we have received the injectable form of the vaccine.

Thimerosal free vaccines are given by REQUEST ONLY! (Only available for certain age groups. Please inquire.)

Unfortunately, SOCPA cannot offer any form of the flu vaccines to the parents of our patients.

To schedule an appointment for the first dose of the nasal influenza spray, call (949) 770-4242

For a list of our Saturday flu shot clinics dates, please click here.

Who should get the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine?

  • Pregnant women.
  • People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age.
  • Health care and emergency medical personnel.
  • Anyone from 6 months to 24 years of age.
  • Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system.

Answers to common questions:

  • You should NOT get the 2009 H1N1 vaccine if you have had a severe allergy to eggs or any other substance in the vaccine.
  • Only healthy patients ages 2-49 years can get the flu mist.
  • Children through the age of 9 should get two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, about one month apart. Older children and adults need only one dose.
  • You can receive both the seasonal and H1N1 injectable vaccines on the same day in different arms.
  • There is no timing issues between the two types of injectable vaccines.
  • You can receive the injectable of one type (seasonal or H1N1) vaccine and the intranasal of the other on the same day.
  • You CANNOT receive both types of intranasal (seasonal and H1N1) on the same day.
  • Once you receive one type of nasal mist, you must wait 4 weeks before receiving the other type of mist.
  • Patients must currently be in good health (ex. not have a current upper respiratory infection or fever from other illness) to receive the nasal mist (seasonal or H1N1).

Side affects of the vaccine can include:

  • Injectable-Soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given. Fainting, headaches, muscle aches, fever and/or nausea.
  • Nasal Mist- Runny nose, nasal congestion or cough, fever, headache and muscle aches, wheezing, abdominal pain and/or occasional vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after receiving the vaccination.  Any unusual reactions, such as a high fever, behavior changes, difficulty breathing, hoarseness, wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, fast heart beat, or dizziness should get to a doctor right away or call 911.

To find additional county (outside of SOCPA) H1N1 and/or seasonal flu shot clinics near you, please click here.

For more information regarding H1N1,  please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website.

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