Flu season is a normal occurrence every year. However, when the pandemic flu or H1N1 spread across the globe in 2009, people became more aware of the seriousness of this type of flu. Often referred to as 'swine flu', H1N1 can be contracted from one person to another by respiratory droplets. The symptoms of H1N1 usually last for 4 to 6 days.
Patients with severe H1N1 symptoms and those that are considered high-risk patients are prescribed with anti-virals. To prevent high-risk patients from contracting the virus, the H1N1 flu vaccination was introduced later. In August 2010, the Director General of the WHO, or World Health Organization, announced the end of the H1N1 pandemic flu. Even so, there are still many people all over the globe who are worried of contracting the virus, so they avail the H1N1 flu vaccination as a precaution.
The H1N1 flu vaccination is often recommended to people who are at high-risk of contracting the virus. Because of the limited supply and high demand for the vaccine, a priority was set and is still being followed. The list of people being prioritized for the vaccines are - pregnant women, children less than 6 months old, persons from 6 months to 24 years old, high-risk medical patients from 25 to 64 years old, healthcare workers and health practitioners that have direct contact to patients. Children under 10 years old would need 2 vaccines, while those who are 10 years old and above would only need 1 vaccine.
However, many people are still asking if the H1N1 flu vaccination is really safe. Based on the process of the seasonal flu vaccine that has a good track record of more than 30 years, it can be safe to assume that the H1N1 flu vaccine is indeed safe to patients. The untested H1N1 vaccines that were produced in 2009 to 2010 posed numerous health concerns and panic across the globe. It was due to the urgent need to medicate and prevent the spread of the virus which prompted the decision to distribute untested H1N1 vaccines.
As of today, the H1N1 flu vaccination is still in production and with a high demand. The continuous need for the vaccine is definitely influenced by the 2009 to 2010 panic.