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Sep 29, 2010 7:10 PM by Shawn Kline

H1N1 vaccine now to come standard with flu shots

Before you know it, flu season will be upon us but some Acadiana residents are upset over this year's vaccine.
You may recall the controversy over over the H1N1 vaccine; many people felt the vaccine did not undergo extensive tests and it would do more harm than good.
The Department of Health and Human Resources refuted those claims.
The shots were released in short supply and greeted with high demand but left many un-vaccinated.
This year, that won't be a problem.
The controversial vaccine may now come standard with your seasonal flu shot.

"I think it's a good idea because it's two shots in one." Alexandra Hebert of Lafayette says she sees both sides, "but they didn't do extensive research because it happened so quickly that the side effects can be really bad for some people."
Hebert and others believe the H1N1 vaccine somehow makes the shot unsafe but pharmacists say they've been extensively tested.
"There's absolutely no risk of getting the flu from a flu shot," Pharmacist Jude Broussard said.
Broussard says any drug can have side-effects and risks but when it comes to the flu shot, those side-effects are minimal.
"The days missed at work or school can be very serious and the injection is very mild."
If you still aren't confident with the H1N1 vaccine, most suppliers will also offer the seasonal vaccine alone.

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