Results of H1N1 vaccine trials on children - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/09

Results of H1N1 vaccine trials on children

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Preliminary results from Toheo H1N1 vaccine trials for children and it appears kids age 10 and older may need just one dose of the swine flu vaccine because they seem to have a more robust immune response to a low dose of the vaccine.  It's likely just one shot or nasal spray for kids 10 and older, but kids under age 10 may need two doses of the vaccine for the best protection. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, "They need a little extra, a little nudge to the immune system to respond.  Give'em one and then keep your eye on the information you may need to bring ‘em back."

Scientists won't know for sure until they receive more results in a few weeks, but they are encouraging parents that as soon as the vaccine is available, don't delay on both the swine flu and the seasonal flu vaccine.  If anyone chooses the nasal spray instead of a shot, don't do both on the same day. The CDC says getting flu mist for regular flu and the spray for H1N1 on the same day could make one or both less effective.

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