Since the swine flu outbreak began last spring and spread to more than 100 countries researchers have been working around the clock to come up with an effective shot in sufficient quantities before too many people got sick.
In the U.S., the H1N1 swine flu has infected more than a million people and caused about 600 deaths. Since the start of the school year, it's been detected in all 50 states and is widespread in the Southeast, plus Maryland, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alaska.
Last week, the National Institutes of Health announced that clinical trials show that just one dose will be effective for most adults who need it, ensuring that everyone who wants one, can get a shot.
"36,000 deaths that occur each year with seasonal flu regularly, 92 percent of them are in individuals older than 65 years old." -Dr.Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
"Although vaccine is the primary way of prevention, there are a number of other things that you can do to prevent yourself from getting infected that would complement the vaccine."- Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
"There has been some very minor issues, like pain at the site of injection, a little swelling, and sometimes redness. We see that with any time you have a vaccine in which you stick a needle in someone." -Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
1. What is a vaccine?
2. How do viruses spread?
1. How is swine flu affecting your community this back-to-school season?
2. Why do some people not get flu vaccines? Do you agree with them?
3. Research how vaccines are made. What kind of schooling or training would you need to work with vaccines?