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Have a Bit of Faith

Posted Oct 16 2009 12:00am

1. If you're allergic to anything in the vaccine, you shouldn't get vaccinated.  Anyone giving the vaccine must be prepared for anaphylactic reactions.
2. If you've had GBS in the last 6 weeks, consider waiting.

That's the complete list of safety precautions required by the FDA for CSL, Novartis and Sanofi-Paster injected 2009 H1N1 vaccine. Wow, is that stuff dangerous. Don't believe me. Here they are in detail.

4 CONTRAINDICATIONS
Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is contraindicated in individuals with known
hypersensitivity to eggs or chicken protein, neomycin, or polymyxin, or in anyone who has had
a life-threatening reaction to previous influenza vaccination.
5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
5.1 Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
If GBS has occurred within 6 weeks of previous influenza vaccination, the decision to give
Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the
potential benefits and risks.
5.2 Altered Immunocompetence
If Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to immunocompromised
persons, including those receiving immunosuppressive therapy, the immune response may be
diminished.
5.3 Preventing and Managing Allergic Reactions
Appropriate medical treatment and supervision must be available to manage possible
anaphylactic reactions following administration of the vaccine.
5.4 Limitations of Vaccine Effectiveness
Vaccination with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine may not protect all
individuals.
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