Do You Need Vaccine if You've Already Had H1N1?
The short answer is: Yes AND yes, according to experts at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
“People who have actually been infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus likely do have some immunity,” said Jay Butler, MD, chief of the CDC’s 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Task Force. “But the important issue is whether or not they know that’s what they were actually infected with.” [WHAT?! DID YOU GET THAT ONE?! PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!!! SPEAK UP! USE YOUR GOD GIVEN GIFTS TO DISCERN THIS STUFF!]
Most suspected H1N1 cases are diagnosed without laboratory confirmation.
“Early in the epidemic, we had other strains of influenza circulating,” Butler said. “There are other viruses that can make people ill as well. So, even if someone has had an illness that’s similar to influenza, even if there was perhaps a credible diagnosis of H1N1 infection made, our recommendation would still be to receive the vaccine so that you know that you’re immune.”