Health officials and doctors are debating whether the H1N1 is safe for pregnant women. Also, Women are receiving mixed messages regarding the safety of the vaccine and what they should do to protect themselves from the swine flu.
How did the conflict emerge?
The problem just emerged today Friday when health official announced today that the swine flu vaccine designed specifically for pregnant women will not arrive at the same time as the regular vaccine beginning November.
The national public health officer Dr. David Butler-Jones said in Vancouver, said that “If you’re in the midst of a pandemic, if you do become ill, clearly the risks to yourself and your fetus are tremendous and the vaccine can protect you against this,” He also added ” “At the end of the day, if you’re in the middle of the pandemic, whatever vaccine is available, I would take it to protect myself and my fetus.”
On the other hand, the Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said pregnant women should wait and not take the regular vaccine because it contains adjuvant – an additive that boosts the impact of a vaccine – given the concerns about its safety.
“We are recommending that pregnant women receive the unadjuvanted vaccine and we would expect that that vaccine will be available around the week of Nov. 7, and that’s what we’ve been told by the federal government,” said Dr. Arlene King.
The Federal Government is going to clarify the issue to the public soon, however, doctors are saying that they are going to evaluate the risks and benefits for their patients before giving them any vaccine.
Via Goolge News