Tuesday, November 17, 2009

12 have reactions - 6 go to the hospital - Vaccine reaction for Swine Flu

Paramedics were called to Sacred Hearts Academy today after about a dozen people appeared to have a reaction to the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.

Officials say the apparent reactions could have a lot to do with anxiety rather than the vaccine itself.

Approximately 300 students and 100 faculty at Sacred Hearts Academy got armed against the H1N1 swine flu Monday morning in the State's school vaccination clinic.

Kindergartener Tai Martinez was one of those students.

"Under the recommendations of her pediatrician we felt confident," said Tai's mother Jade Martinez.

But school officials say about a dozen people had an apparent reaction minutes after getting vaccinated.

"It ranged from a rash on the arm, to breathing problems, their neck tightened up. A couple became nauseous. The most common complaint was light headedness," said Betty White, Head of Sacred Hearts Academy.

The clinic manager called EMS four times, and altogether paramedics took five students and one adult to the hospital.

All were released by noon, except for one student who has asthma.

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