H1N1 Update: Vaccine Safety and Next Shipment

H1N1 Update: Vaccine Safety and 
Next Shipment
The latest news on the H1N1 epidemic in the Cleveland area is
as follows:
  • Last week was a very intense week of many, many cases
  • At Advanced Pediatrics, so far, no one has had serious H1N1 infections.
  • This week seems to suggest the number of cases of H1N1 infection may be slowing down, for now.

Vaccine Safety

All the H1N1 vaccines are just as safe as the regular seasonal
flu vaccines we have been giving over the last 20-30 years.

How do we know?
  1. The H1N1 vaccine is made just like the seasonal flu vaccines of the last 20-30 years.
  2. Millions of doses of H1N1 vaccine have been given with no reports of unexpected side effeffects.
From the perspective of a highly skeptical, science-oriented doctor, the H1N1
vaccines of 2009 appear to be very safe.

Next Shipment
Given that H1N1 illnesses are causing only mild colds and flus in nearly
everyone infected we do not think of our current H1N1 vaccination
situation as a shortage.

It is more accurate to say that Advanced Pediatrics has received its
first shipment.
We are highly confident that many, many more doses of H1N1 vaccine
will be delivered to Advanced Pediatrics.
This is because the US has shipped about 20 million or so doses,
and is committed to making and shipping another 160-170 million more.

That is a huge number of doses. The US typically uses up about 90 million
seasonal flu doses, so another 160 million should create large surpluses.

So there is on shortage if you consider the supply anticipated over the next couple
of months.

Stay tuned to these postings, we will announce when we get our next
shipment in the mail here, hopefully soon.

Do know that if it has not been posted, it has not been shipped to us yet.

Dr. Arthur Lavin

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  1. Dr. Lavin,

    I'm wondering why you say that " no reports of unexpected side effects" when the vaccine adverse event reporting system shows over 600. I realize this is a passive system but even the CDC says it only captures 1-10% of actual reactions. http://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/datarequest/D8

    I don't mind the summary that you feel it is safe but I feel like this isn't giving all the available information that enables parents to make an informed decision.

  2. If I'm reading this correctly you received the shots and are already out of them. I feel like I am always a day late...

    Your sentence: So there is on shortage if you consider the supply anticipated over the next couple
    of months.

    There is no shortage? Don't panic :-)?