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H1N1: Why I'm Willing To Get Vaccinated

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Video, Commentary, Story: Tyrone Jones // Video: Valerie Klinker Posted: Nov 18, 2009

Editor's Note: One young man gets a first hand lesson on the H1N1 virus, which changed his views on the vaccine. ALSO: YO! Hits the streets of San Francisco to find out what young people felt about the virus. Tyrone Jones is an intern in the D.C. New America Media office and Valerie Klinker is a content producer for YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.



A few weeks back, New America Media co-hosted a news briefing in Washington D.C. on H1NI, the influenza also known as "swine flu." The briefing was held with The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC experts and other ethnic media representatives discussed the H1N1 influenza virus. The experts answered questions posed by the ethnic media.
Panelists urged people to get vaccinated for H1N1.

Before the event, my perception of H1N1 was that it was a virus that spread uncontrollably. I believed the origin of "swine flu" was from filthy animals, and that the disease had eventually spread to humans. I also thought consuming pork products puts an individual at risk of the virus.

The Washington D.C-based CDC briefing washed away all my misconceptions about H1N1. People should know that you will not catch the H1N1 virus by consuming pork products, or any animal meat for that matter.

Experts advised everyone to wash their hands regularly and to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Those are the first steps and necessary precautions to stay virus-free.
After learning about how how widely H1N1 has spread, and how important it is to get vaccinated, I would consider getting the vaccine because the health risk from contracting H1N1 is very high. Its not just an option; it should be an obligation to get vaccinated.

I urge young people, age 13-25 -- the group most at-risk for contracting the disease -- to get vaccinated. A 13-year-old child is five times more likely to contract the H1N1 than an adult because the virus feeds off less developed immune systems. H1N1 is a very contagious disease and nobody is naturally immune to it. Knowing this is enough to get me to run out for a vaccination.

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