Question: What concerns do you have about swine flu? Do you plan on getting the H1N1 vaccine?
Dr. Pamela Letts
Centre Shops Family Practice & Urgent Care
“We have placed an order for 500 shots, but we have no idea when they will arrive. Not everyone will benefit from a swine flu shot. Adults over 60 have likely been exposed to a similar flu in 1967 and 1975.
Unless they have certain health conditions — and the criteria keep changing — such as diabetes, obesity, lung problems or chronic illness, they will not qualify. Also, if you get a regular flu shot it will carry some immunity against the swine flu. I assess my patients on an individual basis. At the moment, the focus seems to be on the 5 to 49 age group.“
“I don’t have any real concerns. I think the media tends to exaggerate things just to keep themselves in the news. No shot for me.”
“My concern is that I don’t want to get it. I definitely will be looking to get a shot if I qualify.”
“I am quite concerned, but not for myself. My 8-year-old grandson, Lucas, who lives in McClain, Va., came down with it two days ago. Forty percent of the students in his school have it. His 10-year-old brother, Philip, came down with the regular flu last week. So far, both seem to be doing well. I don’t intend to check out a swine flu shot. The older I get, the more cautious I am about getting shots.”
“I just arrived here two weeks on holiday from England. We hear very little about swine flu over there, so I am not concerned at all. I certainly am not interested in getting a shot.”
“I think we all need to be aware of it and take preventative measures. Things like carefully washing hands, avoiding crowds and avoiding close contact with individuals are all measures we need to take. I do intend to check with my doctor and take his advice on whether or not I should take the shot.”
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