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Seasonal Flu Shot May Increase H1N1 Risk

Across Canada, public health authorities are fiercely debating the idea of shortening, delaying or scrapping their seasonal flu vaccination campaign in favour of mass inoculation against H1N1. (Greg Baker/Associated Press)

Across Canada, public health authorities are fiercely debating the idea of shortening, delaying or scrapping their seasonal flu vaccination campaign in favour of mass inoculation against H1N1. (Greg Baker/Associated Press)

CBC is reporting that, based on preliminary results, seasonal flu shots may actually increase chances of getting swine flu.

According to Dr. Don Low, microbiologist-in-chief at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, “This is some evidence that has been floated. It hasn’t been validated yet, it’s very preliminary.”

“This is obviously important data to help guide policy decisions. How can we best protect people against influenza?”

Four Canadian studies, involving about 2,000 people, found people who had received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to get sick with the H1N1 virus.

Researchers know that, theoretically, when people are exposed to bacteria or a virus, it can stimulate the immune system to create antibodies that facilitate the entry of another strain of the virus. Dengue fever is one example, Low said.

What to do then?

Unfortunately, officials in Canada are looking to replace the seasonal flu vaccine with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. Normally, much effort is put into making sure people receive the seasonal flu shot. This year will likely be a bit different.

So instead of using traditional vaccines, used for decades, officials are contemplating using a vaccine that has not been widely tested at all. In fact, swine flu vaccine makers have been given total immunity on illnesses and deaths due to their vaccines.

To make matters worse, in Massachusetts, authorities can take children away from parents and vaccinate them against their will. If adults refuse, authorities are allowed to quarantine and detain them without any charges or trial.

Source: CBC News

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