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Still on the Swine fence

standard October 9, 2009 4 responses

I wrote yesterday’s post in the hopes of getting lots of feedback from others on what to do about the Swine flu vaccine.

I have to admit that when I wrote the post I was pretty heavily on the “let’s not get the vaccine” side of the fence. And the comments that I got here, on Facebook, and on Twitter went a long way to keeping me on that side of the fence.

Then I checked in with a pediatrician friend of mine whose children go to daycare with C and Little L. She works at the nearby children’s hospital and she knows both the girls’ health issues. In fact, I can’t count the number of times I’ve picked up the girls and been told that they were wheezing, but fine and that they had already been checked out. (Major perks to sharing a daycare with a pediatrician…)

I asked her what she thought of the vaccine situation and she, without hesitation, replied that she was getting the shot and so were her children. Then she looked me in the eye and said that my kids have asthma, they should get the vaccine. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Arg is what I have to say to that.

She did also say that the H1N1 vaccine is the exact same vaccine as the regular flu shot (which the girls got three weeks ago) and that had the timing been better they would have been packaged as one shot. Which would have probably killed the whole controversy dead in the water.

Again, arg is what I have to say.

I have implicit trust in this woman. Count her amongst my friends. Am comforted by the fact that she based all her information and recommendations on long chats with a big infectious diseases muckety muck at the hospital.

And so tonight finds me on the other side of the fence, on the “let’s get the vaccine” side.

Stay tuned! Who knows what tomorrow will bring!

Oh the suspense…

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4 responses

  • Exact same thing as the regular flu shot?

    My understanding is they are two entirely different vaccinations; the regular flu shot isn’t expected to give immunity to H1N1 and H1N1 isn’t expected to protect against seasonal flu.

  • Wow, what a tough decision! What did the girls’ pedi say?

    Ours recommended against it (but said we should get the regular flu vaccine). BUT A&K don’t have respiratory issues. She also thought that A wasn’t in school enough to worry about it. Maybe since the girls do have asthma & are in school/daycare all day it might be a good idea? I think it’s worth a call to your doctor since s/he is very familiar w/ the girls history, etc.

    Good luck making a tough decision!

  • A mom roller coaster. Not the biggest decision in the world, but I do not envy your having to make it.

  • It’s not the same flu shot, obviously, but it is just like the regular flu shot. Just as they have to make a new vaccine every year for the seasonal flu, they did the same with the H1N1. It’s just as safe as the seasonal flu shot, is my understanding

    I plan to vaccinate all my kids with both.

    Good luck on your decision!

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