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Pandemic Flu

H1N1 Vaccine

11/02/2009

Question:

Is the H1N1 vaccine stop you from getting the swine flu or is it like the seasonal flu shot that you still might get it but just not a bad?

Answer:

The purpose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is to stop you from getting the H1N1 swine flu. However, like the seasonal flu shot, it is not 100% effective. If you still get the H1N1 swine flu, hopefully it will not be as bad.

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Response by:

John  Andrews, MD, MPH John Andrews, MD, MPH
Assistant Senior Vice President Medical Center
Director University Health Services
University of Cincinnati