Dr. Le-Bucklin’s Answer:
The regular and swine flu vaccines are two different vaccines. A person needs both vaccines to be maximally protected from both viruses. Early testing of the H1N1 flu vaccine shows that over 90% of recipients who received two doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine developed a protective level of antibodies against the H1N1 virus. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine (H1N1 and seasonal) for anyone who wants it.
In addition, they consider the following groups at the highest priority level for getting vaccinated for H1N1 flu: pregnant women, caretakers of infants less than 6 months of age, children less than 5 years of age, health care workers, and children/adolescents 5 to 18 years old with chronic medical conditions (including asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, and immunodeficiency). Those in the high risk category for H1N1 flu are also at high risk for seasonal flu.
Note: I was recently interviewed by Lani, the mother of triplets and co-founder of the Multiples and More Blog Network. This question was from our interview.