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Prominent Physician Warns Americans to Be Cautious about Taking the Swine Flu Vaccine
Atlanta, GA – A prominent physician in Atlanta, Ga has issued a stern warning to the American people about being too quick to take the Swine flu vaccine. Dr. Elaina George, an Otolaryngologist out of Atlanta, has stated that there are questions patients should ask their doctors before taking the vaccine. Dr. George is not stating that Americans should not take the vaccine. But rather, she argues that the Swine flu is not as deadly as purported in the media and that the vaccine may not be suitable for all Americans.
Dr. George, who graduated from Princeton with First Lady Michelle Obama, argues that before taking the vaccine, you should ask the following questions:
1. Does the Vaccine contain additives such as mercury or squaline?
Additives called adjuvants like mercury (thiamerisol) are added to inhibit bacterial contamination. However, some studies have implicated mercury as a cause of autism and squaline as a cause of neurological damage respectively.
2. How can I avoid getting a vaccine that contains mercury?
Ask to receive your vaccine from a single dose vial. Unlike the multiple dose vials which contain thiamerisol, the single dose vials do not contain that additive.
3. Will getting the vaccine completely protect me from getting the swine flu?
The vaccine comes in two forms - a nasal form and an injectable form. The nasal form contains live virus that has been altered (attenuated) to be less infectious. The injectable form is made from a killed form of the virus. Because there is an increased risk of actual infection, the live (attenuated) virus should not be given to individuals with compromised immune systems such as pregnant women, HIV patients, those on chemotherapy or children.
4. Is the swine flu more dangerous than the seasonal flu?
Since the outbreak of the flu this past spring, over 74 countries have documented cases of the H1N1 virus. There have been approximately 345,000 cases world wide with 4,100 deaths. Conversely, there are approximately 40,000 deaths due to the seasonal flu each year in the US. Statistics continue to suggest that the H1N1 virus is not as deadly as has been purported. To date it has been a relatively mild and self-limited infection in both adults ans children.
5. What are the risks and benefits of taking the vaccine?
The mortality rate is largely associated with pneumonia caused by secondary bacterial infections. In fact secondary bacterial pneumonia was the main cause of death in the influenza pandemic of 1918. It is important to weigh the risks associated with the potential side effects of the vaccine vs the vaccine's inability to protect from the more deadly complication of bacterial pneumonia.
Dr Elaina George is Board certified Otolaryngologist who started Peachtree ENT Center. She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology at Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is also a medical contributor for Your Black World.
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