H1N1 vaccinations available Monday for toddlers in Richmond and Columbia counties

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 12:11 PM
Last updated 1:07 PM
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Parents of healthy toddlers ages 2 to 4 in Richmond and Columbia counties will get a chance to get their child vaccinated Monday against the novel influenza A H1N1 virus, the East Central Health District announced today.

Richmond County will hold its H1N1 clinic at 950 Laney-Walker Boulevard beginning at 8:30 a.m. until its 1,100 doses have been distributed. Columbia County will distribute vaccine at its Evans Clinic at 616 Government Way from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Columbia County received about 600 doses of the H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine was distributed according to population and the Georgia Division of Public Health is asking health departments to concentrate on that 2-4 year-old age group first.

“I have had a lot of interest in the H1N1 but not for this age group,” said Columbia County nurse manager Linda Graves. Teresa Catlett, clinical nursing director for Richmond County Health Department, also is not sure what to expect.

“We’re going to be prepared if we are inundated,” she said.

The first vaccine is a live attenuated strain delivered into the nose, not a shot, and it is only approved for healthy people 2 to 49 years old. It cannot be given to children under age 5 who have had one or more episodes of wheezing in the past year, for instance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that 32 percent of children ages 2-4 received a seasonal flu vaccine last flu season, which is about the average for all ages last season.

While there is a limited number of doses this time, the vaccine is expected to roll out in batches as it becomes available, and this the first of many clinics to come, said Melba McNorrill, child health and immunization coordinator for the East Central Health District.

“This is just the first of many shipments,” she said. The CDC is expected to update H1N1 vaccine availability on Friday.

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soldout 10/08/09 - 12:18 pm
for other views on the risk

for other views on the risk check out www.drtenpenny.com and mercola.com. Also CDC says when they began giving the regular flu shot to those under six in 2003 the death rate for flu in that age group more than doubled.

soldout 10/08/09 - 01:23 pm
•A study published in the

•A study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons.

The researchers concluded that "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting" examined.

•A 2008 study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people.

This supports an earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

•Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.

corgimom 10/08/09 - 08:37 pm
Let's quote the whole

Let's quote the whole findings;"CONCLUSION: In 2 seasons with suboptimal antigenic match between vaccines and circulating strains, we could not demonstrate VE in preventing influenza-related inpatient/ED or outpatient visits in children younger than 5 years. Further study is needed during years with good vaccine match." The flu shot given didn't match the strain that circulated that year. So what they really said is "We can't determine this because the strains didn't match." The Lancet study- "That finding has a biological basis. Vaccines work by priming the immune system to recognize and respond to incoming threats. Because the immune system slows down with age, older adults do not respond as well to vaccines as younger adults."" A recent study by Dr. Wilbur H. Chen and colleagues at the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that elderly participants needed four times the amount of antigens given in a standard dose of the flu vaccine to have the same kind of immune response as healthy adults under 40." My quotes make what you say take on a different meaning, doesn't it? (continued)

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