02 November 2009

My Head Hurts

Myth 4: Taking the regular flu shot puts me at risk of becoming very ill with H1N1

Fact 4: Preliminary findings from some Canadian studies indicate that those healthy adults that tested positive for H1N1 were twice as likely to have received seasonal vaccine. More research is needed to establish whether or not there is a causal relationship between these factors. What is important is that there is no association with receiving seasonal vaccine and experiencing serious illness from H1N1.

This information was sent to me this morning. Break it down:
The "myth" is that getting the seasonal flu shot increases the likelihood of getting H1N1
The response is to say that studies show that people who got H1N1 got the seasonal flu vaccine – they are "twice as likely" to get H1N1 as some unidentified group. The response continues to say that getting the flu shot has no causal relationship to getting H1N1.

Is it any wonder that Canadians are confused as to whether or not they should be lining up to get the H1N1 vaccine?

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