Michael Marcus, MD Director Pediatric Allergy & Pulmonary -Maimonides Medical Center . Fellowship:Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Castle Connolly Top Doctor
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2010-2011 Seasonal Flu Vaccine with H1N1 Protection Male: The H1N1 that we have in the vaccine this year, is it safe to give or any concern to anybody at all? Michael Marcus: The H1N1 strain and in fact the entire flu vaccine that we’re giving is considered safe and effective. It is produced now in the exact same way that every flu vaccine is produced in every previous year. There is no special technique, there’s no greater risk, and there is absolutely no difference in terms of the relative safety of this compared to all other flu vaccines that we’ve been giving to our families every year we’ve been giving flu vaccine. In fact, we have an added level of safety this year. In that the H1N1 strain which was given last year as a monovalent vaccine, the additional vaccine had extremely close monitoring by the CDC and the World Health Organization looking carefully for adverse events, bad effects of the vaccine. And if that what they found was that there was even fewer bad effects from this H1 vaccine than what is commonly seen from any trivalent vaccine that’s given in any other flu year. And so we have an extra level of safety that last year, we were on uncertain up.