How safe is H1N1 Vaccination for Infants?
Health studies have proved that H1N1 vaccination is not very safe for toddlers and infants. Even though doctors are recommending children to get the swine flu vaccination, age and food allergies are some of the basic factors due to which some babies should not take the vaccine. Thimerosal is a preservative used in swine flu vaccines. This vaccine contains mercury that can be extremely harmful for small kids.
Recently, the federal government in Canada ordered 50.4 million vaccine dosages which contain adjuvant (substance used for giving the effect of vaccine the much required boost). Out of this dosage, approximately 1.2 million doses are for pregnant women and it doesnât include any adjuvant. Since there are no evidences as such on how toddlers would react to this substance, the government is not planning to use adjuvant-free H1N1 vaccine for small babies. Pregnant women and babies are being considered the two most important groups that can get affected due to this virus. However, precautions are being taken to make sure that young children should be given adjuvanted vaccine only when required.
There is no doubt that H1N1 virus can cause serious health hazards on children under the age of five but the proposed vaccination can not be used on them for various reasons. If babies under 6 months are directly vaccinated with H1N1 vaccine, there are chances of sever health complications and even death in some cases. Therefore, as a precautionary measure health experts have recommended the required dosage for caregivers who take care of babies (6 months and below). This will provide protection to them from any possible infection. Infants can also be protected from the H1N1 virus if they are kept away from infected people and if pregnant women receive the vaccine before delivering the child, chances of the new born contracting swine flue after birth will decrease.
Doctors also donât recommend the vaccine for children who are allergic to eggs because the swine flue shot contains a small amount of egg protein that can trigger the allergic reaction in them.