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The bottom line is that the swine flu/H1N1 that he said is that it has not yet been approved by the FDA. It is currently in test for efficacy. The expert said that it will likely be approved by Sept. or Oct. Also, it will be an immunization that will be given in two rounds, about 4 weeks apart. Whether they will give it to PC patients/people with chronic disease or not is still up in the air.
He did say a few important things: 1)that the swine flu vaccine will not prevent the OTHER seasonal flus. 2) That it's important to remember that it takes 4 week for the immunity to take effect, so you can still get the illness for a while.
Also that it is so important to get the pneumonia vaccine. The swine flu is not in and of itself more deadly, what is happening is that it is extremely communicable and people are easily getting infected. So the lower lung infection of either bacterial or viral pneumonia is more likely to occur as a complication in susceptible people who already have a compromised immune system. So run out and get a pneumonia vaccine! I got one last year, and I don't have PC my mother does. It is an easy way to prevent a deadly complication.
Also, I think it's important to wash hands for at least 10 seconds with soap, stay out of crowds, don't touch your hands to your nose, eyes or mouth and in general to use common sense.
Hope that helps.
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