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H1N1 vaccine. Is it essential for adults? Can we go with nasal alternative? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-May-2013
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User:Hi Doctor
User:wanted to check with you regarding h1n1 vaccine
User:i have 2 kids aged 6yrs and 10 months
User:we will be travelling to pune on 25 and will be attending a marriage function
User:should we take the vaccine?
Doctor:If available you can get them vaccinated
User:there are two types in the market
User:nasal and vaccine
User:for kids i would like to have nasal
User:is it possible?
Doctor:it depends on the availability
Doctor:The current vaccines that are available expire by XXXXXXX
Doctor:the new ones are yet to be developed as per the official source
Doctor:They will be available from August
Doctor:so you can opt for whichever is available as both of them are equally effective
Doctor:There is no fear of marks even with injections
User:ok.. even for kids?
User:its not about fear of marks, but the pricking :)
User:i just wanted to let them go through that
User:*not let them
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:you can go ahead with either of them or whatever is available
User:ok.. what will be cost. are the vaccines different for kids and adults?
Doctor:Adults do not require
User:you mean vaccines only for kids?
Doctor:unless diabetic or heart disease or asthmatics or lung problems
Doctor:Adults have resistance to deal with H1N1
Doctor:the most risky needs to be vaccinated when the shortness in availability
Doctor:h1n1 is less XXXXXXX than yearly flu
Doctor:if you do not have normal flu vaccine each year you do not need this h1n1 either
User:but in the news, there are some deaths reported, is it because they had other health related issues like you mentione earlier?
Doctor:yes lower resistance higher the risk towards death
User:for kids, i have read like they need two dosages as in the first shot it will not be fully covered?
Doctor:maintain personal hygiene, eat steam food, drink bottled water, stay away from cough and droplets
Doctor:cough in your elbow folds
Doctor:Wash your nose, mouth and eyes every 8 hours
Doctor:to clean of the virus
User:for kids, i have read like they need two dosages as in the first shot it will not be fully covered?
Doctor:One dose gives resistance upto 90%
Doctor:two doses gives upto 98%
User:oh good.
Doctor:any number of doses would not give 100%
User:because in some site, they mentioned only 35% below 9yrs and only 25% below 3yrs
User:with the first shot
Doctor:so the above principles are worth even after vaccination
User:sorry, i didnt get.
Doctor:hygiene, food and water apply even after taking vaccine
User:if affected, is there a cure available?
User:thanks doctor
User:it was very helpful
Doctor:Thank you
Doctor:Bye for now
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