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Pneumococcal Vaccination can help to limit H1N1 death?

Posted Aug 18 2009 10:03pm

A very useful article in The Sun by this lady, Karen Lee Huey Shyan and she has a 5 yr old son who is a chronic bronchitis sufferer, and lives in Kota Kemuning. She says…

“Not everyone who gets H1N1 gets pneumonia but all who died of H1N1 had pneumonia. So we shud focus on how to prevent pneumonia if we get H1N1, and not how to prevent H1N1. For those in the high risk group, getting pneumococcal vaccinations is one of the defence mechanism we could use against dying from H1N1. You might still get H1N1 but at least you have a 30% lower risk of dying from H1N1.”

She then quoted a study from Los Angeles Times| Health, which states that 30% of H1N1 pneumonia related deaths re due to streptococcus pneumoniae.

So maybe we shud look into getting pneumococcal vaccinations for the children (if they have not had this yet) and mums. My children had received this vaccination, what about yours?

I know this vaccination doesn’t protect us from all strains, but if it reduces the risk even by 30% would be better than 100% not protected.


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