October 5th, 2009
05:42 PM ET

Send us your H1N1 swine flu questions!

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A national campaign to inoculate tens of millions of Americans against H1N1 influenza began Monday, with health care workers in Indiana and Tennessee targeted as the first recipients, federal health authorities said.

"I think the world has watched history unfold," Dr. Judy Monroe, Indiana's state health commissioner, told reporters at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

Earlier Monday, the hospital received a shipment of 52 boxes - each containing 100 pre-filled sprayers.

"This first 5,200 doses that came to Marion County is really just the tip of the iceberg," Monroe said.

Health Director Virginia Caine said the shipment will be split among the county's hospitals.

A similar scene unfolded at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where three children have died from H1N1, sometimes referred to as swine flu.

Jennilyn Utkov, a spokeswoman for LeBonheur, said the hospital received about 100 doses. By noon, the supply had been depleted.

The vaccines shipped to both sites and to a few other places around the nation are the first of some 195 million doses the U.S. government has purchased from five vaccine manufacturers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Jay Butler told reporters at the Indianapolis event. That number includes both spray and injectable forms.

Butler, who heads the agency's 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Task Force, has promised there will be enough for anyone who wants it.

Do you have questions about the H1N1 virus? Let us know! We'll have answers tonight.

Filed under: H1N1
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Debra

    What's really scary is Dr. Oz said his wife and children will not be getting a flu vaccine! What's that about?

    October 6, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  2. Lane

    Can me & my family get the swine flu vaccine if we currently have colds?

    Does my 4 year old, w/ moderate asthma, get the nasal spray or the shot?

    October 6, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  3. Rob Kozik

    Who is responsible if you get Guillain Barre syndrome? The government and the vaccine makers have been absolved of any liability so who pays your bills while you recover?

    October 6, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  4. Shannon

    Since H1N1 is not a seasonal influenza and is present at all times of the year, what will be the vaccination recommendation going forward?

    October 6, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  5. Tommy


    I am seventeen and i used to have epilepsy does this mean that i would need the flu shot and how long does it "protect" you from the h1n1? And I might have arthritis, is this included in getting the shot seeing how its an h1n1 flu vaccination?

    My grandma has heart condition does this mean she needs the flu vaccination? and what about using respirators/mask to lower the risk of getting the swine flu. CDC says that there not full sure about the usage of them lowering the spread of the Virus.

    October 6, 2009 at 1:43 am |
  6. candace

    My question is regarding Canadian vaccines. My understanding after researching, is that Canada has decided to add Squalene Adjuvant to the H1N1 vaccine. Is this not the same additive that caused "Gulph War Syndrome"?
    As a mom, my decision after research has been to definitely NOT have my child or myself vaccinated with an experimental vaccine. We have no proof or research to have a full understanding of the short or long term affects. Personally, I am not willing to put my child at risk for future experimental statistics.

    October 6, 2009 at 1:30 am |
  7. Tom

    I work at an Elementary School. One mom told me that there is no way she is going to let her son who has Asthma get the first batch of the vaccine as it has the live virus and this puts his as well as other groups of people at extreme risk. Is this true. Should she wait for the second batch which, according to her, is made from "dead" virus?

    October 6, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  8. Anita

    If there is an allergic reaction to any flu shot, including the swine flu shot, what symptoms should we expect?

    I haven't had a flu shot in years because I get the flu almost right after I get it. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditus, does it contribute to this since it affects your immunity? Is there anything that can be done, besides taking Vitamin D? I take 50,000 iu I get this directly from my Endochronologist. I take it 1-2 a month. plus several other supplements:E,B12,B-complex,Multi,B3,C,and Calcium. I am also taking Wellbutrin due to low Serotonin levels.

    October 6, 2009 at 1:04 am |
  9. stanton

    Will getting and recovering from the (relatively) mild H1N1 flu afford one more protection from future more virulent mutations than taking the vaccine and avoiding the current H1N1. In other words, will the antibodies produced in the body to H1N1 be likely more effective protection (vs the antibodies produced in the body to the vaccine) against future much deadlier mutations of the H1N1 virus.

    October 6, 2009 at 12:56 am |
  10. Nick Stuetelberg

    The media and pharmaceutical companies are making this whole swine flu thing into something much more dangerous than it actually is. I can understand young children and the elderly getting vaccinated, BUT IT IS JUST THE FLU. This is the 21st century and if you have a roof over your head and someone to bring you chicken noodle soup, then you'll be just fine.

    October 6, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  11. DUH

    All these questions and concerns can be answered on the CDC website.
    I can answer 95% here but it will get buried.
    Research it folks and then decide what is right for your circumstances.

    October 6, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  12. David Dalia

    I am definitely not taking the H1N1 vaccine because of its dangerous and toxic ingredients, such as squalene and thimerosal (mercury), which can have terrible effects. Just google it. True and reliable information is out there and easily accessible!

    October 6, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  13. omer

    is the vaccine going to be available in local pharmacies or hospitals and when will it be available in western new york?

    October 6, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  14. Ramona Johnson

    is it true that the best defence against H1N1 is a 1000 IU's of VIT. D?

    October 5, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  15. Lori

    What are the ingredients of the vaccine? I have not found them listed on the CDC's web site.

    October 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  16. gina

    I have a newborn under 6 months, she cannot get the shot for another 3 months. I am terrified of the thought of her catching this virus. If a baby so young and small catches H1N1 is there is a high chance she will recover or is it a greater chance she could die from it. What are the statistics with babies and the swine flu?

    October 5, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  17. Allen

    I have a weak immune system and a college student living in a dorm should I get the H1N1 Shot? What are the side effects? how much does it cost? Does insurance cover the cost if there is a cost?

    October 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  18. Hillel Hachlili

    I got the seasonal flu shot yesterday. Since it was the first time I got it the nurse said that I may need a booster in a month.
    Can I take the H1N1 flu shot in between? or should I wait after the booster?

    October 5, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  19. Mazin

    My son does not want my 7 year old grandson vaccinated because he had a bad reaction from last year's regular flu shot (redness and rashlike on the chest and around the neck. Does the H1N1 nasal spray vaccination have the potential bad reaction?


    October 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  20. John Bleau

    What does the vaccine contain? In particular, is there mercury in it? Aluminum? Anything else? Is it cultured in egg, monkey kidney or what?

    October 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
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