Swine flu vaccine, is it safe???

Sweden
December 13, 2009 12:50am CST
Hey guys, i am just wondering if is it safe to have a swine flu vaccine. I live here in Sweden and we can get a free swine flu vaccine anytime from our health centers. The problem is...since its started there are cases of deaths related to this vaccine. Doctors have different opinions on this matter as well as regular people. So now i am hesitant to get one for myself... What are the side effects of swine flu vaccine??? Are they safe???
2 responses
@MrKennedy (1993)
13 Dec 09
I've been vaccinated for Swine Flu and, other than having a slighty aching arm, there were absolutely no side-effects whatsoever. To be honest, the media have scare-mongered people into fearing the worst regarding the vaccine, yet in my opinion, and probably the opinion of many others, there is nothing to worry about
• Sweden
13 Dec 09
That´s true, the media in general makes scary news so in effect many people including myself are scared to be vaccinated for swine flu.
@ethereal1 (217)
• Australia
13 Dec 09
There are risks and side effects taking any vaccine at all. I think you probably hear more about the Swine flu vaccine in the news because it is a current issue. The way that most vaccines work is by giving you a weak version of the illness so that your body can build immune system defences to the disease and have the antibodies ready if you do get infected with the real deal. This means though, that every time you get one of these vaccines, you are exposing yourself to an illness, which could be too much for your body to handle. In this case you can die from the vaccine. Some people also have issues with the filler ingredients that are in the vaccine, but I don't really know anything about that. I would say that for 99% of people, vaccines are not going to cause too many problems and should be safe. The vaccine is a lot less likely to kill you than the disease you are trying to prevent, in this case, swine flu.
• Sweden
13 Dec 09
wow! That is a nice point you made. I think the side effects or on how our body reacts to vaccines are individualistic. So if some people have severe reactions then it would not apply to all.