Health & Beauty | May 2009
|Dr. Alejandro Rios Talks About the Swine Flu - Part 6|
Part 1: Swine Flu Overview | Part 2: How it is Transmitted | Part 3: Tamiflu and Relenza | Part 4: Do I Need a Face Mask? | Part 5: Should I See a Doctor? | Part 6: Influenza Vaccinations
On April 29, 2009, BanderasNews video journalist Laura Gelezunas sat down with Dr. Alejandro Rios, a local Internal Medicine Doctor and member of the Puerto Vallarta Epidemiology Committee, to talk about the Swine Flu, and explains influenza vaccinations and how they work. Here's what he had to say:
"A vaccine... in Mexico, in the Northern Hemisphere, around February various governments decide what kind of viruses will most likely be a problem the next flu season, (during the late fall and winter.) They try to pick a few of them that they think will cause outbreaks, and they are usually pretty good. Sometimes they don’t get the right virus but they are usually very close to the virus that is attacking and the effectiveness of the vaccine is very good, so you don't get sick or you get a very mild disease.
Even though the human variety, H1N1, is the same as the H1N1 from the porcine (Swine) virus, the antigens that they have are very different, so the vaccine for the human influenza, according to the CDC, doesn’t cover you at all.
Even though there are discrepancies in other places, where officials think the shot might give you some kind of immunity, the influenza vaccine should be done in October. So, again, now it is too late for a flu shot. If you get vaccinated now, you will not see the results until four weeks from now. Plus, the Mexican government has all the vaccines, so there are none out on the market."
Should you be afraid to travel to Puerto Vallarta? Health Care Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson has the latest news and health reports from around Banderas Bay. (Click HERE for local swine flu updates)