H1N1 vaccine: Separating fact from fiction

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - We're still waiting for the vaccine to be made available to the public, but some East Texas are already saying "no thanks" to the shot.

H1N1 is the topic of conversation - in both the real and virtual worlds.

"It sounds scary...and every day you hear something new about it," said Jennifer Ford, a Tyler resident.

While waiting for the vaccines, many minds are already made up - often influenced by word on the street or the latest tweet. So, we set out to find the cause for concern and asked a health official to weigh in.

"I don't like the way it was kind of rushed through," said Douglas Holcomb of Tyler.

"I just don't feel there is enough research and testing over the vaccination," said Terri Daniel of Tyler. "That is has not been out and proven to be safe."

Harold Higgins with Northeast Public Health District says there's been plenty of time.

"There is nothing in this flu vaccine that is not in the original flu vaccine," explained Higgins. "It's made by the same recipes by the same companies in the same manner they've been making it for years and years and years."

Another worry...

"...that it would make me sick," said Ford.

"The flu shot itself is an inactivated virus so that is technically impossible for it to give them the flu," said Higgins.

An email even went around stating an ingredient in the shot causes sterility.

"If you think about the millions and millions of doses that's been given of the influenza vaccine...we probably wouldn't have a population if that were true," said Higgins.

Here's one last reason some say no.

"We think it is just a bunch of hype that the government is pressing," said John Townsend of Tyler.

"The government has something to do with the spread of that flu," said Joe Abanada another Tyler resident.

"Hahaha," laughed Higgins. "I mean, I just don't even know how to respond to that."

In the midst of H1N1 hype, ask a doctor when in doubt. Health officials say when the shots arrive they will most likely go to pediatricians first. Kids between the ages of 2 and 3 will be the first at-risk group to be vaccinated.

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