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imagine that it takes them till this time next year to develop a vaccine
"People are already taking a vaccine now, in trials."OK, for the enormous difference it makes, imagine that it takes till this time next year to finish the development of the vaccine which includes testing.The vaccine might fail the tests and need to be rehashed.So, until we know, we don't know.
I don't really think it's necessary for someone as young and healthy as myself to get the vaccine. People are forgetting that swine flu is no different than the normal flu. If you have haven't had complications from the normal flu in the past, there really isn't a reason to suspect you would have complications from swine flu. It should also be taken into consideration that the virus will probably mutate rendering the vaccine mostly useless. As with most flu vaccines, supply will not be able to keep up with demand. Young and healthy people should avoid getting the vaccine so that people in high risks groups can receive it instead.
I think part of problem is that the Swine Flu threat turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. I had a bad cold about six weeks ago. I phoned the National Swine Flu hotline and they told me that my symptoms were compatible with swine flu but that in Wales they were only issuing Tamiflu to people who were at risk. The guy on the hotline told me not to bother calling out the doctor, to go to bed for a few days and not leave the house for 10. 3 days later I felt almost completely better and went back to work (I am self employed and it costs me about 150 quid a day to stay home). I don't know if it was swine flu but it wasn't very severe and didn't last long. Had it not been for all the fuss I would probably have worked right the way through it. So at the moment I would vote 'no' to taking the vaccine, although it's a different matter for those in the 'at risk' groups.
It is worth noting that vaccines are there to protect the populous as much, if not more than the individual. That is how the epidemiology of it works.