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Have a question about the flu?

Posted October 8, 2009
Updated October 27, 2009

Have a question about the seasonal or H1N1 influenzas? Ask WRAL News' Health Team contributor Dr. Allen Mask.

Dr. Mask will chat LIVE Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. You can join in, or submit your question in the comments section below.


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  • christysansom Oct 16, 2009

    I am 35 weeks pregnant and hoping to receive the H1N1 vaccine on Monday at one of the distributing health departments. I've read in news reports that these vaccines are reserved for individuals classified as being high priority by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however when I spoke with a representative from my local health department today, I was told the H1N1 vaccine will be given to whomever comes to receive the vaccine at the clinic. Will our local health departments be prioritizing when determining who receives the vaccine? Thanks!

  • North Raleigh Dad Oct 14, 2009

    Dr. Mask,
    My wife has H1N1. I am a 51yr old with a history of Pneumonia (8 This year).
    Are there any extra precautions I can take over the common sense ones?
    Thank You

  • jamestaylor27587 Oct 12, 2009

    I'm a 49yrs old male,in good health for the most part,never took a flu shoot should I be taking one for the h1n1 and will this make me feel sick thanks...james

  • Momma to a princess Oct 9, 2009

    Questions for Dr. Mask:
    1) I am 20 weeks pregnant and have a 4 year old and nearly 3 year old. Is it advisable to have them vaccinated for H1N1 with the flu mist when I have not yet been vaccinated, or should I wait for the injectable for them since the mist is a live virus?

    2) Per CDC's website, if someone has been vaccinated with flu mist, antiviral meds may compromise the efficacy of the flu mist vaccine if antivirals are administered within 2 weeks of receiving the flu mist. Is it better to wait for the injection, or just move forward with the flu mist vaccine in my kids and hope they don't come down with H1N1? (a vaccine is better than none)

    3) Can kids receive the flu mist vaccine if they are in the middle of an a 10 day antibiotic treatment for sinus infections, assuming that they are free of respiratory symptoms (congestion/cough)?

    I will be banging down the door for the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available! Many thanks for your thoughts on any of the questions above