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Swedish toddlers set to receive swine flu vaccine

TT/The Local · 6 Nov 2009, 08:08

Published: 06 Nov 2009 08:08 GMT+01:00

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Currently, children under the age of three are only vaccinated if they are deemed to belong to a designated risk group.

In general, parents have been advised to abstain from having small children vaccinated because of a lack of information regarding the vaccine's side effects on children under three.

However, the Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket), which oversees Sweden’s vaccination programme, is expected to review the current regulations next week, the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reports.

The review follows the receipt of preliminary results from the first vaccine study which show that there are no more side effects for young children than for other age groups.

Following the review, the vaccine will likely be made available to all children between six-months- and three-years-old.

“The recommendations for children under three will likely come within a few weeks,” Jan Liliemark, a professor with the Medical Products Agency, told Sveriges Television (SVT).

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The primary motivation for changing the recommendations is that children under two-years-old are especially vulnerable, both when it comes to infection and risk of death.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:06 November 6, 2009 by Rekan
I'm not going to take the vaccines, I dont want to be a zombie. If you have seen I am Legend you'll understand me.
14:32 November 6, 2009 by EtoileBrilliant
The trouble with flat earthers like #1 and #2 is they don't consider other people in the tiny little world. I'd be interested to know whether they have young children of their own (i.e. < 2 years old) who can't rely on their own vacinne but have to rely on other people not being carriers.

As to the comment re "I am Legend", I can only pray that it was said in jest.
15:26 November 6, 2009 by lundstudent
I was in my clinic earlier this week and I felt sympathetic towards the 2 persons who came in asking about the flu vaccine. Sympathetic because they have been drawn in and fooled to believe that this is really necessary. Wake up people, think for yourselves and not based on media.

Do some simple 5 minute research on how many people normally die in a single flu season from the regular seasonal flu. Now compare that with H1N1. If you hadn't done it before now, you'll probably be surprised to know that the risk of you or any of your family members dying from swine flu is less than 1 in 15 000.

Either you all teach your kids proper hygiene, or give them a pointless flu shot which in itself could make them ill.

Make your own choice, just be sure it's an informed one.
22:40 November 6, 2009 by qrttyz
lundstudent: you may want to take a look at the death rates and infection rates in the US from this new flu and re-evaluate your statement. As you can see, they are significantly (even dramatically) higher than the regular flu. That's the information you should be using to make an informed choice. While a lot of people do die of the flue every year, this flu is far worse.


Considering that this vaccine is incredibly safe by *all* *scientific* standards, I can't imagine why any reasonable person would not want to get the vaccine.
00:49 November 7, 2009 by lundstudent

that site does not give even the slightest suggestion that H1N1 is more dangerous than the seasonal flu. Have you analyzed those graphs?

Most of them refer to "all types and subtypes of influenza, not just those from 2009 H1N1 influenza virus."

Furthermore, the graphs that do depict H1N1 specifically show only minimal deaths from said virus- 2 or 3 per week (green and pink graph) Again, have u actually taken 5 minutes to analyze this information?

Reality check everyone: Number of deaths in the US per year from seasonal flu: 36 000. Number of deaths across the entire globe from H1N1 since summer: 60 71 (as of today).

Everyone is free to get vaccinated or not as they please, but the logical among us, as most of this country seems to be, won't get this vaccine.
07:34 November 7, 2009 by drew222
@ lundstudent it is people like you that will make this vaccination plan fail. And this article was about children. Why dont you research Effects of Swine Flu on Children The LOGICAL thing to do would be get vaccinated. The Side effects of vaccine are fare less dangerous than the effects of Swine Flu YOU are Logically incapable of making a wise decision . just Hope your not one of those 6071 deaths that could easily be prevented by a simple Vaccine. Are you really going to take that chance Maybe you value your life far less than me or Especially My 2 year and 5 mo old Children..
09:36 November 7, 2009 by Nemesis
@ lundstudent,

If you are a medical student, you should not be allowed to study medicine if you are willing to endanger by giving inappropiate advice in such a cavalier manner.

On monday morning, I intend to contact the medical school in Lund and ask them to clarify your comments.

I don't suppose you want to identify yourself?
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