Who should get the H1N1 vaccine? - Catholic Courier

Who should get the H1N1 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that nearly everyone receive the H1N1 flu vaccine, but members of the following groups get top priority for vaccinations:

  • Pregnant women

  • Caregivers for infants younger than 6 months old

  • Health-care workers

  • Everyone ages 6 months to 24 years

  • People ages 25 to 64 who have such chronic health conditions as cancer, blood disorders, asthma and chronic lung diseases, diabetes, kidney disorders, liver disorders, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and diseases that weaken immune systems.

    The H1N1 vaccine comes in two forms: injections and a nasal spray. The latter has become available first, but it is not recommended for pregnant women, children ages 6 months to 2 years, and those who have asthma or other respiratory conditions. H1N1 injections without the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal may be available upon request; the nasal spray does not include thimerosal. Children under 9 years old should receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine if they are receiving a flu vaccine for the first time.

    Some people should not receive the H1N1 vaccine in any form:

  • Infants younger than 6 months old

  • Those who have severe egg allergies

  • Those who had an allergic reaction to a previous flu vaccination

  • Those who have a current moderate to severe illness

  • Those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome

    Most insurances cover fees that providers charge for giving the vaccine, but the New York State Department of Health says those unable to pay should contact their local health departments for free vaccinations.

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