Just wondering if I have to march my asthmatic child back to the GP for a yearly swine flu vaccine booster or is it just one in a life time?
I am very convinced that DS had swine flu before he was vaccinated last year, as most of his class came down with a very nasty flu at the same time, the only child tested (to my knowledge) was DS' best friend, he had exactly the same symptoms and tested positive.
So the question is, should I ask for a booster or leave it at that?
When I had mine this week I was told that I only needed the swine flu jab the once, it gave lifetime immunity, but the seasonal one was given every year because the different strains are always changing. I asummed it was the same for my son as he had his last year.
I suppose its true that you only need that specific jab once but thats because the swine flu is is now contained in the seasonal vaccine, not because it gave you life long immunity. Swine flu is like any other flu a in the respect that it changes as time goes on.
maelstrom, as the press were reporting that old stocks of the swine flu jab are going to be released, perhaps your ds may be able to get one of those?
Heard interview with David Salisbury and someone else ( forgotten name) on Woman's Hour on Friday. They clearly stated that NO ONE knows how long the swine flu vaccine protects for, so should be renewed this year regardless of last year's jabs.
Which is why we're all asking the question 'how long': no one knows the answer.