Concerns arise over safety of H1N1 vaccination

By: Tom Johnson Email
By: Tom Johnson Email

ARDMORE, OK -- As flu season gets underway, fear of an outbreak of the deadly H1N1 virus is gripping many people across America. And now questions are rising about the vaccination's effectiveness.

"There are things that we just don't know," said Marth Haygood, nurse for the Marshall County Health Department.

Over thirty years ago, cases of a similar swine flu were documented in the US. To prevent an outbreak of that H5N1 strand the government provided 43,000,000 citizens with a vaccination, that lead to 500 cases of neuro-degenerative disease. While that flu never spread researchers say this strand is different and the vaccination will work this time.

"This vaccination is a made from a protein layer of the virus, we don't take any parts of the dead virus," said Fred Lee, Director of Development for IPS Research.

"There's no way to have it infect a person, we're really just working to figure out the dosage. And as such there's no reason to fear the vaccination at all."

IPS Research, the team behind Oklahoma's vaccination testing, also wants to confirm that getting a fever in the first few days after an inoculation is normal as a person's antibodies will react to the the vaccination. Testing on the vaccine could conclude before next month and the shots should be available sometime in October.

"We're going to get somewhere between 1000-2000 depending how many vaccines are produced," said Haygood.

"We'll hand them out accordingly."

And while concerns may exist over whether to get a flu shot at all, many people are lining up with another question.

"Mainly just when are we going to have it," said Haygood. "Right now we don't know."


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