POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 8:43am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm
There's a renewed push to vaccinate against the H1N1 during "National Influenza Vaccination Week."
The Department of Public Health's Joanne Bates stopped by NewsChannel Nine Today this morning to address some myths that have surfaced about H1N1:
1.) "The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine isn't safe"
TRUTH: The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine is showing a similar safety profile to seasonal flu vaccines, which have a very good safety track record.
2.) : "There are too many side effects after getting the 2009 H1N1 influenza Vaccine"
TRUTH: The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is made the same way as seasonal flu vaccines. Millions of seasonal flu vaccines have been given safely. Millions of people have also safely received the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.
3.) "The flu season is pretty much already over"
TRUTH: It is not possible to determine the peak of the influenza season until the flu season is over. Influenza activity typically does not reach its peak in the U.S. until January or February.
If you would like to get more information on where you can get the vaccine, call 771-5759.