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November 6th, 2009
01:01 PM ET

Your H1N1 Questions Saturday Morning

Should you get the H1N1 vaccine or should you give it to your child? It's a conversation we've been having here in the newsroom and it's probably one of many questions you have as well.

So we're dedicating the whole 9am half-hour to talk about health care and H1N1 on CNN Newsroom Saturday. We will have a pediatrician live on set to help you sort through it all.

Send us your questions and watch CNN Newsroom Saturday at 9am ET to see if we answer them on air.

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  1. Tim Welsh TannersDad

    If the H1N1 Vaccination distribution is being blamed on the Obama Administration asking for Thimerosal free version of the vaccine, Why have we not heard more about this Mercury preservative and Why parents, caregivers, and medical professionals are at the office & bus stop level talking about it?

    November 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The C.D.C. has predicted that 50% of the American population will contract the H1 N1 virus from this 50% predicted what is the predicted deaths.

    November 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I have one more question is the seasonal and H1 N1 percentage rates going to be seperated as far as statistics go or are they going to use the statistics from last years flu season as a whole.

    November 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  4. Jacquelyn Miller

    My daughter is 6 months pregnant. She works with children everyday. She is very confused as to whether or not she should get the vaccine currently being offered here in Nova Scotia for pregnant women. They are using the vaccine with the booster. The vaccine without the booster will be available later. Is the H1N1 vaccine really safe for pregnant women & their babies? We have heard & read so many reports about the vaccine contining ingredients that can harm the baby. It seems like the media is focussing on the shortage of vaccine without giving much information about the pros & cons of being vaccinated....especially for pregnant women.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  5. Tony W.

    Is it recommended or HIV positive people to get the H1N1 vaccine? And if so, is it OK to take the nasal mist version?

    November 7, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  6. Melody

    My 4 year old son had the regular flu vaccine back on October 14 and has had it every year since he was born with no problems. On the 22nd of October, we found out he has an egg allergy. We really want him to have the H1N1 vaccine due to the fact that he is in full-time daycare and I work in an elementary school and am constantly exposed to germs and often bring them home. Is there or will there ever be a H1N1 vaccine that does not have eggs in it that I could get for my son?

    Thank you!

    November 7, 2009 at 6:47 am |
  7. Andy

    Can you tell me how effective the H1N1 vaccine is in preventing severe respiratory illness, hospitalization and death?

    In other words can you quantify how much less likely I will be to:
    1) suffer severe respiratory illness
    2) require hospitalization
    3) die
    if I am exposed to the H1N1 virus and have been vaccinated against it


    November 7, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  8. Lynn Brooks

    I know the CDC said that they have 3 version of the H1N1 vaccine. Where can you get the thimerosal free vaccine? My daughter is a 2nd grade teacher and is 4 months pregnant. She wants to get the vaccine but wants the thimerosal free shot. Her OBGYN's office has yet to receive any H1N1 vaccine and ran out of the regular seasonal vaccine before she could get one. The local health dept. received a few H1N1 vaccine last week but after standing in line for 1 1/2 hours was told it was not thimerosal free. So she refused to take it. When and how will we be able to find the preservative free vaccine for pregnant woman? Did all those go to the Wall Street companies?

    November 7, 2009 at 7:15 am |
  9. mikel tompkins

    Some networks call it the H1N1 virus, and others call it the swine flu
    virus. Are these two separate viruses or one and the same?

    November 7, 2009 at 7:39 am |


    November 7, 2009 at 7:54 am |
  11. Barb Covington

    I an 72 years old and I have COPD and I have taken the seasonal flu shot.. Will I and should I get the H1N1 vacine and is it safe for me? Why am I not included in an at risk group.? Does no one care about those of us over age 64?

    November 7, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  12. Lauren Strickland

    Why does the CDC make two versions of the H1N1 shot? Who are the thimerosal-free vaccines meant for? I am pregnant and I teach young children, so I do want to get vaccinated and I would prefer to get a preservative free vaccine, but I can't find one. Where are these vaccines going and how can I find one?

    November 7, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  13. Ellen Manset

    What companies are manufacturing the H1N1 vaccine? The anti "government option" fringe is blaming the government for not being able to manage a flu vaccine campaign. Could it possibly be that the manufacturers simply can't keep up with current demands? Look forward to your response.

    Ellen, Maryland

    November 7, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  14. Valerie Rodriguez

    My 4 yr old twins both suffer from asthma and have received their first dose of the vaccine a couple weeks ago. I understand kids 9 and younger have to have a second dose. How protected are kids that have only had one dose? We were told they are no longer a “priority” group for the vaccine since they received dose 1 already. Thank you.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  15. Tashi

    My toddler was immunized with the regular influenza vaccine (flu shot) about a month ago. Does she still need to get the H1N1 vaccine? Is it a good idea?

    November 7, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  16. Syed

    My daughter is 2years old she had regular flu shot about 3weeks ago how long she should wait to get h1n1 shot and what side effect she might have? Thanks

    November 7, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  17. Bailey Grobowsky

    I am about to turn 23 next week and know that I am within the age group that is considered a "priority". The university I attend were giving FREE shots/nasal sprays yesterday to the students and I was going to receive one, but later found out that the nasal spray was the only thing available. Is the nasal spray as effective as the shot? I have heard that it consists of the live virus, rather than the shot, which consists of the dead virus. Will I be more likely to get H1N1 by receiving the nasal spray?

    November 7, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  18. Julie

    My entire family received the H1N1 vaccine on October 17 in St Thomas, Virgin Islands, where our health department is topnotch!! My husband and I both work in the healthcare field, and our children ages 10, 12, 15 and 20 are all high risk. NO SIDE EFFECTS whatsoever! We also get the seasonal flu vaccine annually.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  19. David Cohen

    I would like to hear a little more discussion about using natural alternatives such as Oregano Oil and Colloidal Silver both known to do an excellent job killing viruses and bacteria. Since what is killing people is the staph infection in the lungs allowed to strengthen due to a weakened immune system cause by N1H1, and proof that Oregano Oil kills staph infections including MRSA, not letting the public know about Oregano Oil is reckless.
    I also would like to hear something about Elderberry which has been documented in numerous studies in the United States, Europe and Israel to shorten the duration of the FLU.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  20. Betty Mills

    If you have had the H1N1 then does that mean you won't get it like next year or the year after? Or is it just like the seasonal flu & you will get it every year? Thank you

    November 7, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  21. Victoria

    We're fairly certain my husband and oldest daughter have had the flu last month. Is it possible for me to get a titer to see if I have actually been exposed to H1N1? If so, it'd seem redundant for me to get the vaccination. Do you agree?

    November 7, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  22. Syed

    My daughter is 2years old she got regular flu shot 3weeks ago how long she should wait to get her h1n1shot and what side effect she might have?

    November 7, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  23. S.

    Is there a flu mist for the H1N1 too?

    November 7, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  24. Alice Powers

    My Grand daughter a little over 2 yrs of age had the H1N1 shot 5 days ago and 4 days straight she had a bad fever of 105 and been rushed to the hospital by ambulance the next night. There were 10 children in the waiting room with the same high fevers.Is there anything that can be done , is this fever going to deminish soon... how long will this last?

    November 7, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  25. Camille H.

    Correction to the MD's answers on H1N1. I'm a veterinarian and in our community we have seen the transmission of H1N1 to a cat and two ferrets who resided in the homes of individuals infected with H1N1. There is no evidence that you can get the virus from your pets, but they are certainly susceptible to it.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  26. Joan L. Roccasalvo

    CNN refers to Democrats who are pro-life as anti-abortion Democrats. We are a nation that pursues and sustains "life" and not abortion.

    Your policy to use the word "anit-abortion," really a pro-abortion ... anti-life stance. Your choice of words is in error.

    Joan L. Roccasalvo

    November 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  27. kirk

    For the two men you just talk to send them over what they want and drop them off If they don't it here let them live over there.

    November 7, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  28. Lynne mcdougle

    I know this is in the wrong place. Iam just new at this. I am writing because the news is great and easy to listen to on cnn.
    thank you
    Betty does a fantastic job.
    Lynne McDougle

    November 8, 2009 at 6:57 am |