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H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Follow-up: Our Reader Writes…

Posted Dec 14 2009 11:41am
By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Ms. Parker writes:

“Thank you again for your answers, you have been so very helpful in my decision to get vaccinated against swine flu. I am proud to say I received the vaccine a few days ago and everything was absolutely fine, I had no side effects at all. I am otherwise very healthy other than asthma but being vaccinated has given me peace of mind and will also help me fight the virus. Thank you again for all your very helpful information and I hope my experience can help another undecided person choose to get vaccinated without worry.”

Barbara replies:

Hi Ms. Parker,

You’re welcome!  I am so glad everything went well.  I think it’s great that you have researched the topic on the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.  You gathered health information and you asked questions.  I commend you for taking charge of your health.  You are a sharp health care consumer.  You are an empowered patient, an e-patient!

There is a lot of information circulating the web and knowing how to decipher through it is critical.  Our goal at is to sort through all the research and bring health consumers information from trusted medical experts that are easy to understand.

Since there are so many media outlets providing health information it can be quite confusing for the health consumer.  We are thrilled that you took the time to do your homework.  You made an informed decision based on your research.  We are happy that we were able to help guide you.

“The most important decisions we have in life regard the health and safety of ourselves and our family.  Not surprisingly, our decisions are best made when we have access to the best information, and nowadays that means  learning how to sift through all the information (good and bad) that’s out  there,” says Bruce B. Dan, MD.

Ms. Parker, thank you again for being one of our readers at and for being a savvy health care consumer.

If you have any questions in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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