H1N1 Vaccine Side Effects & Information

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The following is part of the package insert designed specifically for consumers from GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the vaccine. This is a summary, and will not tell you everything about Arepanrix, the H1N1 vaccine. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about the vaccine.

Vaccine Information Sheet

Note: Because the vaccine does not contain the live virus, you cannot get the flu from this vaccine. Most side effects are expected to be mild, will not last long, and will go away on their own.

Important

-The vaccine is not recommended for infants under 6 months of age.
-People with bleeding disorders or who are taking medication that could affect blood clotting should talk with their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

Do not get the vaccine if you have a serious allergy to:

- eggs, egg products or chicken proteins
- Other influenza vaccinations
- Any ingredient of this vaccine

Delay receiving the H1N1 vaccine in the following situations:

- anyone with a moderate to severe acute illness with fever should usually wait until the symptoms subside
- people with a minor illness (eg: cold) with/without a fever should still get the vaccine.
- individuals with an evolving neurologic disorder, until the disease process has been stabilized.

Posted on October 29, 2009 in Office Announcements

What to do if you catch the flu

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The most important things to do are to:

-Rest
-Stay home and try to stay at least 2m from others
-Drink plenty of fluids

How much fluid should you drink?

-If you get a fever, it’s easy to get dehydrated, which means your body doesn’t have enough water.

-Signs of dehydration include dizziness and headache.

-You should drink enough fluids so that you produce urine that is relatively clear.

-Good things to drink are: water, broth, sports drinks for teens and adults (Gatorade), and electrolyte drinks (Pedialyte) for young kids.

-If you’re dizzy, not making urine, or your urine is very dark, you’re not drinking enough.

The following is a link containing additional information, compiled by us here at Main Medical.

H1N1 Patient Information Sheet

Posted on October 27, 2009 in Office Announcements

Seasonal Flu and Shingles Clinic For Ages 65 & Up

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Wednesday October 28th, 2009
9 am to 1 pm

Bring your health card
Must be a patient of this practice
*Age 65 and older only*

The website will be updated when we have supply for the remainder of the patient population.
NOTE: This is not the H1N1 Vaccine, we are still awaiting our first shipment.

Follow this link for information about the
availability of H1N1 vaccine clinics in Hamilton
.

There is also a new Shingles vaccine which I recommend you receive which is available for patients 60 years of age or older; this can be given at the same time as when you receive the flu shot.

 This vaccine is only available by advance order at a cost of $200. To place your order you may call the office, sign up at the front desk, or send an email to info@drtytus.com.

Please see the entry below for more information regarding the shingles vaccine.

Posted on October 26, 2009 in Office Announcements

HEALTH ALERT: SHINGLES (Herpes Zoster)

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What is it?

This virus, known much more commonly as chickenpox, is what is also
behind a complication we can experience much later on in life called
shingles.

What causes shingles?

If you have had chickenpox in the past, your body’s immune system is
able to prevent virus from infecting you again, and it is locked
away in your body.

As we get older, our immune system may not work as
well as before, allowing the virus to ‘wake up’ and start infecting
us again. This time, the virus travels down our nerves towards the
skin, resulting in a rash that can be excruciatingly painful.

The bottom line: If you have had chickenpox in the past, you may be at
risk for Shingles.

The only problem is that there is no way to predict if people who have had
chickenpox will develop shingles.

 

Approximately 95% of Canadians have had chickenpox and are therefore at risk for shingles.

This risk increases as we get older.

In Canada, it is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime.

By age 85, 1 out of 2 will have had shingles.

 

What are the complications of shingles?

The most common complication of shingles is severe pain, which, for
most people, goes away as the rash heals. For some, however, this pain
can last for months, rarely more than a year, even after the rash
heals. This pain is difficult to control, and can interfere with
normal day to day activities. Other complications include scarring,
infection, hearing or vision problems, muscle paralysis and numbness.

Is there anything I can do to help prevent shingles?

Until recently, there was nothing to decrease the risk of shingles in
individuals who have had chicken pox. Currently, there is a vaccine
available that has been shown to cut the chances of getting shingles
by 51% compared to those who were not vaccinated. Furthermore, it has
been shown that the vaccine can reduce the chance of having long
lasting pain from shingles by 67%.

 

This vaccine is currently available to patients of Dr. Tytus, by special order, for $200, cash or cheque only.

A receipt will be issued to patients.

Who should get this vaccine?

If you’ve had chickenpox in the past, and are over 60 years of age,
and interested in reducing your risk of having shingles, you are
eligible to receive this vaccine.

You should not receive this vaccine if you are allergic to any part of it, including gelatin or neomycin;
have a blood disorder or any type of cancer that weakens your immune system;

have been told by your doctor that you have a weakened immune system as a result of a disease, medications, or other treatment; have untreated tuberculosis infection;

are pregnant.

How can I sign up to receive the vaccine?

You can contact Dr. Tytus’ office by:

phone @ 905-545-1376

email at info@drtytus.com
signing up in person at the office reception desk.

 

Please only sign up in one place for your special order.

Posted on October 19, 2009 in Office Announcements



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