Testing Swine Flu Vaccinations Have Begun

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Swine Flu

In a race against time, tests for swine flu vaccinations are now beginning. Several volunteers at the University of Maryland and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cinncinnati received the shot today. After 8 days, blood samples will be checked to see what a single dose does and then two weeks later, scientists will know what a single dose at the two strengths can do.

November is what the rush is all about. Children are going back to school and winter is coming where everyone heads inside. That is where all the viruses like to hang out. It makes it easy for them to jump from person to person. The jump is not that far, especially if they are propelled across the room by someone coughing or sneezing. Swine flu vaccinations are the best way to be protected from the swine flu. Do not forget the seasonal flu shots, too.


Signs and symptoms of the swine flu are a high fever, coughing, fatigue, and body aches. Handwashing until the vaccination is ready is the best defense at this point. It is expected that swine flu shots will be ready for distribution about the middle of October.

The swine flu vaccination will be much like the seasonal flu vaccination. Testing for safety and effectiveness is what scientists are doing now in this phase of research, in hopes of getting these out to the public in time. The H1N1 vaccination has the same preparation and basic formula as the seasonal flu shot and one might feel some slight symptoms like the flu.

The H1N1 vaccination is a killed virus. This means that the body will build antibodies to the specific virus without having a live virus in the body. Then when the person is attacked by the real virus, the defense mechanisms are stored up and ready to fight. Flu vaccinations are expected to be in three shots this year, one for the seasonal flu, two for the swine flu.