Swine Flu Shot
Ashley - posted on 11/13/2009
i'm pregnant, so my daughter and I both got vaccinated because it is just like the seasonal flu shot, just directed at a specific strain. I guess there could be side affects down the road, but I don't want to sit and worry about us getting the h1n1 and not living long enough to find out what the effects are. But being that there are rare side affects with the seasonal flu shot, I am not too worried about it. I know someone who is pregnant with the h1n1 and they are scared to death of her losing her baby or having serious developmental issues, so during this already stressful time, I dont want to add the flu to the list of pregnant worries.
Anne - posted on 11/13/2009
I was on the fence about it, thinking it was too new. But my two year old son, Carter has asthma and I did not want to risk him having complications from the virus. My doctor friends are all having their children get the vaccine. I feel better knowing it is a free vaccination as well (at least in my area) and that it's not just another Pharmaceutical companies excuse to make a profit.
Nichole - posted on 11/08/2009
My family is not getting the H1N1 Vaccine shot. My pediatrician has not recommended it and We just had our daughter there for her 2 year appointment less that 3 weeks ago. The current reports are not clear enough for me to be comfortable giving something to my child that I don't fully know everything about.
Kim - posted on 11/04/2009
we are not getting the vaccine there are just too many conflicting reports on it would your rather get a vaccine that does not gaurantee you wont get it and has no proof of no long term complications or maybe possibly or not get h1n1 ill take my chances
Read this article by Ben Sherwood of the Huffington Post. I agree with a lot of what he says, and that is why (even though I have already HAD swine flu in the last month... its not as bad if u nip it in the bud as everyone thinks)... I WILL be getting myself and my son vaccinated.
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As the nurse poked the needle into my son's thigh, I expected to feel some kind of fear or worry. After all, I had heard alarm bells about the new swine flu vaccine. Supposedly, it hasn't been properly tested. It doesn't really work. It contains mercury. And there's a video on YouTube of a person paralyzed by the flu vaccine.
And yet, when the nurse was done, I felt genuine relief. The flu is on a rampage in 48 states, the CDC says, and the death toll is going up. Around the world, health officials are spotting devastating H1N1 outbreaks in countries like Ukraine where 71 people have died so far.
It may sound like hyperbole but there's a microscopic serial killer on the loose around the world. In the US alone, H1N1 has stolen the lives of 114 children so far. It's already in our neighborhood of Los Angeles. And it's just getting started with peak killing season expected in the colder months ahead.
So what can we do? What should we do? For adults, it just takes one swine flu shot to get some protection. For kids, it takes two doses, according to the CDC. In a few seconds the other day, my five-year old was half-way there.
And yet, look at the polls and listen to talk radio. Fully 38 percent of parents say they're unlikely to give permission for their kids to be vaccinated at school, according to an AP Poll. More specifically, 72 percent of parents are worried about the side effects.
These concerns are inevitable but they underscore one of the problems we face when evaluating risk. Especially when we're bombarded with information (and opinion), experts say our brains simply aren't wired to balance risk vs. benefit and make sound decisions. Simply put, too many of us worry about the wrong things. We get distracted by noisy voices and exceptions to the rule. And we don't take actions that can save our lives.
If you're planning to skip the swine flu vaccine this year (or the seasonal flu shot, for that matter), experts say, you're probably engaging in this kind of faulty reasoning. You're giving credence to suspicion and ignoring a clear and present danger. You're dwelling on the possibility of problems and disregarding the certainty that H1N1 will kill many thousands of people.
Moreover, you're neglecting some basic facts: The new vaccine has been carefully tested for safety; it's based on the same science used for decades in all kinds of vaccines; an elaborate monitoring system is scanning for side-effects; and thimerosol, the mercury-containing preservative, is only used in miniscule amounts (and versions of the vaccine are available without it).
What happens when people make decisions based on fear, not facts? If you're putting off the flu shot because of the remote chance of a serious adverse reaction, then what about the rest of your life? Consider a few examples of the problematic logic mustered by flu shot dodgers:
• Hospitals: If you were stricken with appendicitis today, you'd probably go straight to the hospital for emergency abdominal surgery. Right? What if you discovered that complications arise three percent of the time during or after this kind of routine surgery? Seems like a relatively small risk, right? Now what if you find out that as many as 98,000 Americans die every year because of preventable medical errors? Would this staggering statistic lead you to avoid the hospital or doctors? Nope. [Or would you refuse to go to the hospital because there are sick people there? Or because there's a risk of catching a Super Bug? Again, I doubt it.]
• Aspirin: What about a more benign affliction like a splitting headache? Makes sense to reach for the aspirin, right? What if you found out that thousands of people die every year from complications related to taking aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)? That won't happen to me, you might say, and you'd still pop the pills.
• Home: What about getting out of bed in the morning? More than 6,000 people die every year in falls at home, according to the National Safety Council. And yet, you don't stay under the covers all day. You still skip down stairs, climb ladders and splash in the rain on the sidewalk - three danger spots where many accidents occur.
Yes, life is risky. Often, we choose to overlook scary facts every day and go about our lives. And even when there are simple, easy ways to minimize dangers, we frequently don't bother.
Sure, every medicine has a downside. But when it comes to protecting your family, leading experts insist, the benefits of the H1N1 vaccine vastly outweigh the risks.
Nothing is ever foolproof, but when the swine flu breaks out in your state, city or neighborhood, ask yourself one question: Do you want to do everything possible to stop a serial killer from entering your home and possibly taking what you love most? If the answer is yes, then as soon as you can find a some vaccine, roll up your sleeve.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-sherwo...
Karri - posted on 10/23/2009
No I am not. I don't believe enough research has been done on the vaccine to know what all the side effects can be in getting this vaccine. H1 is so scary, but I am not comfortable injecting my children with a vaccine that was just made 6 months ago.
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