HIV+ people should get vaccinated this year!


Earlier this month in a "Health Roundup" it was reported that had said that HIV was not a mortality risk factor in regards to the Swine Flu - aka H1N1.

But now, the Bay Area Reporter is reporting that California health officials are recommending those people who are HIV Positive to make sure to get vaccinated when the H1N1 vaccine becomes available in October.  They are still saying that being HIV is not necessarily a risk factor with the H1N1 virus but they are telling people that they should still get vaccinated - just as they normally would.

My place of business usually has a vaccination program where we can get vaccinated for free (hey it saves them money if I'm healthy) and I'll be sure to get vaccinated this year.

AFTER THE JUMP: A video showing the spread of the H1N1 virus

The FDA just recently "licensed" this years flu vaccine which means that production can begin.  It was reported the that US Government is taking control of the entire vaccine supply and distributing to states based on population. 

"The H1N1 vaccines approved today undergo the same rigorous FDA manufacturing oversight, product quality testing and lot release procedures that apply to seasonal influenza vaccines," said Jesse Goodman, M.D., FDA acting chief scientist.

Based on preliminary data from adults participating in multiple clinical studies, the 2009 H1N1 vaccines induce a robust immune response in most healthy adults eight to 10 days after a single dose, as occurs with the seasonal influenza vaccine.   

The release goes onto say that the flu vaccine that is currently available covers against three seasonal virus strains but do not protect against H1N1.

Kathleen Sebelius the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services said: The plan is to begin the large-scale vaccination program in mid-October in as many as 90,000 sites, though limited amounts of the vaccine are expected to be available a week to 10 days earlier. 

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