H1N1 Outbreak: Virus Prevention Tips & Vaccination Pros and Cons
The City of Toronto has announced 10 locations upon where parents and their children can get H1N1 influenza vaccinations. The vaccine targets children 2- 6 years old, pregnant women and elderly adults over 65 years old.
The debate about the relationship between these vaccines and the incidence of autism, neurological disorders, seizures were addressed earlier this week by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer.
McKeown reported 45 cases of H1N1 in Toronto since the beginning of September. CTV news reported 56 on their website and the hospitals report 9 people having been treated for H1N1 symptoms.
The Canadian Press reported 13-year-old Toronto hockey player, Evan Frustaglio, died from the swine flu virus today. The cause of death was confirmed by the Coroner.
However, the only laboratory capable of verifying influenza strains in Canada is the Winnipeg based NML lab where hemagglutinin and neuraminidase combinations are confirmed. The mucous specimen must be shipped and the lab currently has a significant influenza backlog.
HINI Vaccine Pros and Cons
Vaccine additives and contaminants often weaken the immune system and statistical data in this short trial testing timeframe has yet to support its widespread usage. Inoculating the public on such a mass scale seems premature given that many other countries are still awaiting to implement a vaccination program despite vaccine availability.
Infant vaccination (as with Hepatitis B and Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular Pertussis) carry some risks associated with exposing a young child to cell-culture shots before their immune system is fully developed.
H1N1 symptoms are similar to regular flu, but according to the Toronto Public Health Advisory may escalate to include:
- sore throat
- and body aches
- lack of appetite
Severe symptoms can lead to seizures and in rare cases of a serious allergic reaction, a vaccination shot can be lethal.
HINI Virus Prevention
Viruses that are airborne spread more with coughing and sneezing in close quarters. With all the extra germs floating around schools, workplaces and health care centres, flu season pamphlets recommend:
- using the upper sleeve as a tissue instead of the hands
- washing hands with soap and sanitizer for at least 20 seconds
- avoid touching your face, mouth, lips, nose, nostrils or eyes.
Medical care is urged when one is experiencing breathing anxiety or difficulty, increased drowsiness, irritability, signs of dehydration or if you have previous chronic health problems with immunity, diabetes, heart or lung disease.
Keep your immune system working its best by eating well balanced meals and reducing germ risks by staying home if feeling sick. Don't be afraid to speak up if a person around you appears sick and/or is displaying poor sanitation habits.
Most Recommended Comment
Toronto, Ontario, Canada