Friday, October 23, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccination does not mean you won't get sick.

from Dr. Sherri Tenpenny at:
From Section 12.1 of the Novartis 2009 H1N1 package insert:

Mechanism of Action
"...antibody titers (after) vaccination with inactivated influenza H1N1 virus vaccine have not been correlated with protection from influenza illness. In some human studies, antibody titer of ≥1:40 have been associated with protection from influenza illness in up to 50% of subjects."

What this says, in plain language, is that having an H1N1 antibody after getting an H1N1 shot has no correlation with not getting sick. And that a sizable antibody titer (of 1:40 or greater) only protects UP TO 50% of people from getting the flu -- meaning that the vaccine is a 50:50 deal at best for keeping you from getting sick.


Pregnant Women:  Don't Get the Swine flu Shot:
The CDC is recommending that all pregnant women be the "first in line" to get the swine flu shot this season. But is it necessary? Are they really at a greater risk than the general population?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC has recommended that influenza vaccination be given to all women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season.

A study published in 2004 documented the following:
Hospitalizations for respiratory illness were uncommon in both vaccinees and nonvaccinees.
Women who received influenza vaccine during pregnancy had the same risk for ILI (influenza-like) visits compared with unvaccinated women, adjusting for women's age and week of delivery.
When asthma visits were excluded from the outcome measure, there was no difference in the risk of outpatient visits for vaccinated and unvaccinated women.
Hospital admissions for influenza or pneumonia for women in the study population were quite rare and no women died of respiratory illness during pregnancy.
Infants born to women who received influenza vaccination had the same risks for influenza or pneumonia admissions compared with infants born to unvaccinated women.
Influenza vaccination during pregnancy did not significantly affect the risk of cesarean section. It did not affect the risk of preterm delivery.

Bottom line: Vaccines made NO difference outcomes to the mom or the baby in either the vaccinated vs unvaccinated population. NOTHING has changes since then to change this data.

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