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BLOG: Will you get the Swine Flu vaccine? Why or why not?

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Will You Get the Swine Flu Vaccine?

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It's something many of us are talking about - the Swine Flu vaccine. Should you get it or not? There seems to be a lot of opinions on both sides of the aisle. Some people say no way - they don't want to put something in their bodies they don't need, others say absolutely - why not protect yourself?

This week, the first shipment of nasal spray vaccines arrive. Here in Idaho, we have just 9,000 doses for the entire state!

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Most of the vaccine is for healthcare workers - that's so they will be healthy enough to take care of people who do happen to get sick. Once health care workers are vaccinated - they'll be ready to vaccinate others. Then, local hospitals will prioritize.

There is one problem though, we're not sure when more will arrive. The CDC says more of the vaccine will be ready sometime this month. When the supply does arrive, local health departments are planning on holding mass vaccination clinics.

So should you get it?

Health experts say If you're a healthy adult over 25, get your regular flu shot - but don't rush to get the swine flu vaccine. If you're a health care worker, under 24 years old or if your child is under 6 months old - you're at risk. You may choose to get both vaccines.

Pregnant women and chronically ill adults are at risk, too. BUT, if you fall into this category, you can't get the spray, you have to wait for the shot.

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*Parents, as always, you should talk to your pediatrician to get advice on what to do when it comes to your kids.

As with any vaccine, there are possible side effects, and risks. To learn more about the pros and cons of the Swine Flu vaccine - check out the CDC's website at:

*Will you get the vaccine?*

Why or why not?