Swine flu vaccine: Does it really work?

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Confused about whether you should administer the swine flu vaccine to your child or not? Read what Dr Sakina Shyamwala has to say

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Swine Flu Vaccine: Confusion galore

Year 2015 began on a rather damp note thanks to the swine flu outbreak. Until April, over 2200 had been claimed by the H1N1 virus in India itself. And the disease did not discriminate between the rich and the poor, the young and the old.

So the obvious question as parents is – how do I safeguard my child from the dreadful virus? The answer: swine flu vaccine. But does the swine flu vaccine really work? Dr Sakina Shyamwala, herself a mother to a 5-year old, says that swine flu vaccines are routine flu vaccines that every pediatrician administers to children regularly.

“Any vaccine, be it even measles or chicken pox, covers only 70-80% of the disease. Which means that there is a 20-30% window that the disease may occur, and it does. But the good thing is that it will be atypical chicken pox or atypical measles,” says Dr Sakina.

She adds, “This means that it will not have the dreadful complications that it would have, if the vaccine had not been not administered. Swine flu vaccine is just like that. Swine flu can have dreadful complications hence it is best to get your child vaccinated even if he already has had his shots.”

Convincing parents can get difficult, says the doc. “If doctors tell parents that the causative organisms are from the same species, it sounds like senseless talk. Hence most of us simply ask them to get the vaccination done,” she adds.

So there, parents! This is one injection you may not want to shy away from.

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Harshikaa Udasi