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As the first wave of H1N1 vaccine crosses the country, more than a third of parents don't want their kids vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-Gfk poll.
Some parents say they are concerned about side effects from the new vaccine, even though nothing serious has turned up in tests so far, while others say H1N1 doesn't amount to any greater health threat than seasonal flu.
Originally posted by StinkyFeet
reply to post by warrenb
Isn't that how all vaccines are made, by using a "watered" down version of the virus with the hopes of training your body how to defend itself in the future?
A "live virus" vaccine is a vaccine that contains a "living" virus that is able to give and produce immunity, usually without causing illness.
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Are Viruses Alive?
Are viruses alive?
Anyone with a cold or the flu virus feels as if they are under attack by some organism. But in the scientific community it's still an open-ended question. This is why viruses do not belong to a kingdom of living things. Just because a virus seems alive doesn't mean it is alive. After all, it's not even a single-celled organism.
A virus is little more than a strand of DNA or RNA covered by a protein coating. Viruses are a thousand times smaller than bacteria and come in a wide range of shapes. Some look like weird, tall spiders whereas others look like prickly porcupinelike soccer balls.
17.2 Vaccination with a Live Virus Vaccine Vaccine recipients or their parents/guardians should be informed by the health care provider that Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal is an attenuated live virus vaccine and has the potential for transmission to immunocompromised household contacts.