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Is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safety: Hype, Myths, and Facts

By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

What do we really know about the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine? What do we really not know?

Questions about the safety of the vaccine persist. Surf the Internet or flip through TV stations and you'll encounter a multitude of myths and a whole lot of hype.

What are the facts? Straightforward answers follow these questions:

  • Is the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine safe?
  • Isn't the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine too new to trust?
  • Why should I believe what government scientists say about swine flu?
  • Does the H1N1 swine flu vaccine contain thimerosal?
  • The 1976 swine flu vaccine wasn't safe. Why should I trust this one?
  • Do we really know what drugmakers are putting in the swine flu vaccine?

Is the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine safe?