Tuesdays are Your Turn – H1N1 FluMist and Viral Shedding
One of this site’s regular readers left a comment yesterday with a perfect question for today’s Reader Response. You can read the whole thing on this post, but here’s a summary:
Roe has an 25 year-old daughter with lifelong asthma who’s currently in the middle of a flare. She’s taking steroids for it, but so far they’re not helping. In October, she battled bronchitis for two weeks. This daughter also has an asthmatic daughter of her own, a seven year-old having a rough cold/flu season as well. The problem: the adult daughter’s fiancee just got the H1N1 spray vaccine, and in Roe’s words:
FluMist states on its website that viral bodies can be shed from the vaccinated individual for 21 days! Thatâs an awful long time to worry about possibly catching the virus. . . . I do not want to cause friction between my loved ones but I have nursed my daughter AND my little grand-daughter through too many scary episodes this year already. I would appreciate any insight you or your readers have on this. Is this as worrisome as it seems to me?
The main question being (since Roe’s daughter is on prednisone right now),
How much does an immune-compromised person have to worry about catching swine flu from someone’s who’s received the spray vaccine?
It’s a perfect subject for today’s feature because I don’t have any idea. I’ve read only a little – a very little – about vaccines and viral shedding, since the only person in this house who hasn’t caught and recovered from H1N1 is Mr. Asthma Mom.
How about the rest of you? Got any opinions/advice/insight for Roe?