Re: SWINE FLU vs. OTHER STRAINSNov 2nd, 2009
And that is how H1N1 will affect most people. However, for a small proportion of population, it can escalate very quickly. It may proceed from regular flu like symptoms to near death in a matter of hours.
That is why I think it is necessary to take the H1N1 vaccine. I normally don’t take the flu vaccine, and I didn’t this year either. However, I have already taken the Swine flu vaccine. It is only a prudent precaution.
As to those who don’t want to take the shot, they have to consider several things. One, the pandemic may not be as bad as the government is saying, it may turn out to be much less severer than expected (as happened in 1976). Second, even if the pandemic is severe, it may not affect them. Third, even if it affects them, they may have only mild flu like symptoms and that will be that.
However, there is a small but finite chance that they may get Swine flu and it may turn out to be fatal. If somebody is prepared to take that chance, I can understand them not taking the vaccine.