Dr. Emdur shares if a woman should feel concerned about the limited swine flu vaccinations available.
As you know, the vaccine will be coming out this fall. The problem is that there’s only going to be about 45 million samples available initially. So, the people that will be getting those vaccines or people at risk and that includes healthcare personnel, like myself since I’ll be exposed to the patients come into the hospital, but people with chronic diseases such as COPD, diabetes mellitus, heart failure, the elderly, will be the first ones that will get the vaccine.
If you are in your 20s and 30s and healthy you know, you know, you probably have to wait later in the year as the vaccines become available. But again, vitamin D, good hand washing, hygiene, maybe wearing a mask if you are an area where lot of people are coughing, could reduce your risk of exposure in getting the flu.
I think when the vaccine is available, I think it’s going to be an excellent vaccine and if you look at the risk-benefit ratio, I think it’s all in favor of getting the vaccine rather than getting a bad case of the flu and having a bad side effect. So, I would say, you know, it generally would be a good vaccine and it will be well tested and should be safe for you and your family.
About Dr. Emdur, D.O, Ph.D.:
Dr. Emdur is a board certified Internist/Pulmonologist (American Board Of Internal Medicine) and recognized by his peers as a Diplomate in the American College of Chest Physicians since 1996. He did his medicine and pulmonary training at the Cleveland Clinic (1979-1984) and has practiced both hospital based and office based pulmonary medicine in San Diego since 1984. He holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh (1975) an MBA from California State University (1998) and is board certified as a Diplomate and Advanced Fellow in anti-aging medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He also is a clinical faculty member at Western University of Health Science in California where he teaches medical students.