Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Government: You May Need Three Flu Shots This Year...

The inoculation for the swine flu strain, officially known as H1N1, will be distributed as a separate shot from the shot designed to protect against the regular seasonal flu, according to Los Angeles County’s top public health official, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, who held a press conference today.

But, after those two shots, you may then need a third shot. Get this, according to Fielding, preliminary studies have suggested the swine-flu shot does not provoke as strong an immune response as does the seasonal flu vaccine. Thus, it may be necessary to administer two doses of the swine-flu inoculation for it to be most effective.

Officially, at this point, it is two flu shots that will be needed to be protected against possible flus.

The two-dose proposal for H1N1, i.e. three shots in total, is still under review by world health officials.

Fielding encouraged the public to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, "about the time it takes to sing the 'Happy Birthday' song twice." He also urged people to cover their sneezes or coughs with a tissue -- or at least to sneeze or cough into the crook of their elbow. And you shouldn't touch your eyes, nose or mouth — places where the flu virus enters the body.

Those who fall ill are asked to leave work or school immediately


  1. Then again, I may be busy washing my hair those days

  2. Sherry,

    The old-time eugenicists are well-represented in the vaccine/WHO complex, so you don't have to worry.

  3. Wenzel,

    Do you have any thoughts on the veracity of the swine flu threat, or any strategies you plan to employ to protect yourself against it?

  4. This is outside my area of expertise.

    On a personal note,at this time, I do not plan to take the shots.