Originally Posted by coldarchon
and you have a higher probability to get problems than others, it's a misbelief that old and weak people will be more affected. they will be more infected, yes - but young and healthy people have a huge chance to die within 1 or 2 days. the old and weak are sick for a week or 2, but they survive. so yes, I will get a flu shot ..
That's not true in this case. Young people have a higher probability of contracting swine flu because they've never been exposed to it. They're using 24 as a cutoff for "young people." This group wasn't alive for prior H1N1 pandemics, nor have they received H1N1 as a part of their flu vaccines. As a consequence, their body has no immunity for it. People over this age have likely either had a vaccine with H1N1 as part of the cocktail, or they've been otherwise exposed. They may not have a full-strength immune response, but they're more likely to be able to resist it than younger people.
Because of all of the above, people under age 24 are more likely to become infected, thus the emphasis on vaccination for this group. However, they are not more likely to have complications (as has been the case in past pandemics).
FWIW I plan to get the seasonal flu vaccine. It's free through work. If they offer an H1N1 vaccine I'll take that as well. I'm a big proponent of the concept of herd immunity, so I really think everyone who can get a vaccine should go ahead and do it.