posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:31 PM
The shot isnt a complete failure and it never claimed to prevent ALL strains of the flu.
The strains included in the shot
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus
A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus
But the truth is that we dont really know how many strains there are as they are numerous and mutate into new strains constantly. The ones they
include in the shot are ones that show to be the most dangerous and the ones that seem to be more prevalent. The shot doent protect you from " the
flu".. it only protects from the most popular strains and most virulent strains they have identified AT THAT TIME. There are influenza strains A, B,
and C... and they mutate so you dont "build up" an imunity to them as when they mutate the immune system cant identify it. You can keep getting it
with each mutation. Ther is no vaccine for C.. given that its not usually a killer and more mild.
Anyway, if youre interested: www.livestrong.com...
I was an RN in an ER for yrs... and caught some boogerish viruses over the yrs. My daughter is a transplant patient and while IN the hospital with
her, we caught "Swine". Due to her having a compromised immune system, we were both tested.. both had swine .. " h1n1 influenza A ". We were put
together into isolation which was a pain. Let me tell ya, that is a hell of a virus. Ive heard people say " I had swine flu and it wasnt tht bad"...
I call BS. Our flu was confirmed ( not just guessed) and I thought I was going to die.
I was told that swine mutates easily and recently
mutated into 2 different strains.. and you cant put them ALL in the shot.
You have to watch these things as they mutate and get out of hand.. hence the double duty on identifying ( even by reverse genetics) the newer strains
to include in the shot.. and then its just a best guess.