Last year we were completely freaked out about H1N1. There were fights over who would get the vaccine. People were wearing masks, and hand sanitizer could be found everywhere. AES, CURE, Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy Therapy Project and FACES even joined together in support of public awareness on H1N1 virus risks in children with epilepsy. This was all in response to data from the CDC about a possible flu pandemic.
But this year there hasn’t been a peep from any organization on the heightened risk for people with chronic diseases such as epilepsy. On Flu.gov under people with disabilities, you can find a bit on heightened risk but that’s about it.
Now it’s true that the new flu vaccine covers H1N1 and seasonal flu. So, those of us who get a flu shot will be covered for both. (unless of course a new strain comes out) But, if no one is talking about how important the vaccine is for people with epilepsy, lots of us will forget to get the seasonal shot.
Sometimes it helps to get a reminder of last year’s story and those startling statistics that had us so crazy: Epilepsy and H1N1 2009
Just don’t forget, get your flu shot.
Image provides a 3D graphical representation of the biology and structure of a generic influenza virus, CDC Influenza Laboratory.