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Readers Respond: How Do You Feel About the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine

Responses: 18


Updated October 15, 2009

Many people have concerns about the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. Others are lining up for hours to get vaccinated. How do you feel about it? Share your thoughts about the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.


This time last year I contracted H1N1. Going to the emergency department, the last thing I remember is not being able to breath. A month and a half later I left the hospital after being ventilated and receiving a tracheotomy and suffering neurological complications. The H1N1 threat is real and life threatening. I say Get the shot. The complications of the disease are far more dangerous than the possible side effects.
—Guest LW


My pegnant daughterinlaw was given the vaccine on dec 30 2009 by the obgyn. By New year's day she my son and I were deathly ill with convulsions and flu. I drove her to the emergency room and they said there was nothing they could do. Later I found out the doctors and nurses aren't taking it and not recommending it for their family members. Do not do it! The drug companies just want to make money, we all 3 could have died along with the baby!
—Guest Karen


My wife and I are retired people in our 70's, and live in NE Kansas. We always get the regular flu shot, but decided against getting the H1N1 (Swine) flue shot. We had doubts and reservations - and still do concerning the test procedures and time element to do so.
—Guest Roger Arnold

Better to be Safe

I am also leaning towards giving my kids the H1N1 vaccine. This is affecting kids even those that are healthy.As far as all the reading that I have done this is safe.No it does not contain adjuvants.The USA does not use this.Also it has nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies trying to make money.Everybody has a choice.
—Guest cami

Natural Alteratives to the Shot -safer

My daughter too had the swine. It's a terrible experience, especially when its a baby. have you looked at the website: Swine Flu Kids They have some really great home remedies that are gentle for little ones. I downloaded their book and was very satisfied with it. Good luck!

Uncertain and upset.

I am undecided, scared, unsure and irritated. First of all, we have never had a flu shot. That means, we’ll have to get that as well. My daughter has respiratory problems every fall/winter, my partner is a kindergarten teacher and I get sick almost every year with the flu. Last but not least... my son has two days left of antibiotics that were treating a strep infection. We are living in Germany and here, the vaccination contains quicksilver. The German politicians received the vaccine without quicksilver... but everyone else doesn't have that option. I don't know what to do? I have been back and forth for over a week on what to do, what is right, what is responsible. The doctor’s office just called to inform me that we qualify for the shots and should phone tomorrow for an appointment. I must say, I am not sure and I'm scared. I wish there weren't so many controversial opinions on the matter. I am worried something might happen to my children and I'll blame myself. Either way.

I'm Not Convinced It's Safe

My opinion is that everyone should think twice about a product that makes a huge profit for pharmaceutical companies. I also don't know if we can trust these companies to tell us the whole truth. For instance, it was stated that there are no adjuvants in this vaccine. Yet I have read that the U.S. government has contracts with several drug companies to develop and produce swine flu vaccines. I read that Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline use an adjuvant, squalene, in their H1N1 vaccines. Meryl Nass, M.D., has said: “A novel feature of the two H1N1 vaccines being developed by ..Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline is the addition of squalene-containing adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities.” There isn't enough room here to quote the authorities that I have read, but there does seem to be some important information that is not easily available to the public.


Thanks for all the information about the vaccine. I am still undecided. I have a 13 month old and the vaccine has just been made available in Canada for her age group. It's hard to know what to do.

Swine Flu

I'm not convinced the vaccine is safe, or even necessary. CNN says the swine flu isn't pandemic, as I understood them to say. Plus, the flu is mild unless the patient gets a secondary bacterial infection that can be fatal, such as pnuemonia. I can understand people with compromised immune systems getting the vaccine.
—Guest Cryshal

Flu vaccines

It's irresponsible to claim that this latest H1N1 vaccine is safe when in fact IT HAS HAD ALMOST NO TESTING! The claim that a 'few months' of testing is sufficient is just downright reckless! Vaccines are supposed to be tested and monitored for between 3 to 5 years before being given the green light. But the government gave them the immediate go-ahead. And claiming that these vaccines have NO adjuvants in them is simply NOT true! Vaccines are a toxic brew with all manner of viral particles, adjuvants, preservatives, dna tissue from dead animal kidneys etc, so don't tell me they are safe! The manifestation of any severe re-actions may not be apparent for months or years after taking a vaccine, and since no one has a guarantee they're safe, then why do the drug companies need liability protection from law suits? I think it's like playing Russian roulette with your health! A free pdf e-book titled, "Horrors of Vaccination Exposed" and written in 1920 is worth the read.
—Guest mare

SwineFlu Vaccine

I can't believe you are downplaying the dangers of the vaccine.
—Guest Lou

Guillain Barre: what changed??

Concern #5: "The 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine Did More Harm than Good" ...... higher rate of Guillain Barre syndrome......... ..........the vaccine is manufactured in a completely different way than the one in 1976 was. Who does promise that this would not cause this complication??? Is /was it known what caused Guillain Barre syndrome in the vaccine? If so ,please mention what was changed in this new vaccine to prevent G.B. ,otherwise the statement is without any meaning!
—Guest bdmesq

If I Can

All that I have read suggests that the vaccine is safe. However, availability is definitely a problem. If my doctor has the vaccine, I will ask for it.

Same Boat as Allen

I would get it if I could, but I am an adult 50+ with no underlying medical conditions - so there's no vaccine available for me.


I want the vaccine ASAP. I had influenza in high school and I never, ever, ever want to have it again. Besides the immediate nasty illness, It changed my sense of taste for a year. H1N1 is spreading quite rapidly in my area of the country.
—Guest wb

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