-My daughter's getting the vaccine (if the scratch test goes well), and she's even allergic to eggs! (Note: they have cautions if you have life threatening allergies to eggs.)
-Suggestions for researching the topic on other sites (listed below).
-Concerns about it being based in "egg", sometimes from people who don't like that concept, other times b/c of parents whose kids are allergic to eggs.
-Concerns because some use fetal tissue in the vaccines - I didn't know that, by the way (but this person indicated you can ask for the "ethical" version).
-Concerns about it being based in mercury (if it is, I didn't see that information anywhere).
-Responses that indvidiual doctors and nurses have responded, well, with just as much of a divided response as anyone else.
I want to hear what you're planning to do, and why. Please, share your thoughts.
I took my kids in for a regular checkup and discussed it with our doctor, she strongly encourages the vaccine. Since my kids are healthy, she recommended the nasal mist. I asked her "what if" and asked her about the effectiveness of the antivirals. She reiterated that they MUST BE STARTED within 2-3 days of getting sick to ensure effectiveness!!! This is critical and not being widely discussed. Please, spread the word! At her practice, if you come in with flu like symptoms they will test you - the initial test can be done in 8 minutes in their office. They send a second specimen to the CDC for confirmation and study, but if the initial test comes back positive, they give the antivirals immediately. It's a 5 day course. As your doctor about their policy.
I told her I typically have a "you must be sick 3 days" policy before we go to the doctors. She chuckled a little and said that is normally why she likes me, but warned "Don't be messing around like that this year. This is something to take very seriously. Whether or not they have the shots, if your kids get a fever bring them in immediately."
Then, I watched a doctors show on afternoon TV. Consistent with everything else I've learned, the major differences between a cold and flu are that with a flu, you have a fever, muscle/joint aches a dry cough (not post nasal drip cough) and maybe tummy problems. It is nearly impossible to know if you have the seasonal flu or H1N1 without testing.
Ironically, at the end of the day I decided we'd forgoe the shots and monitor carefully, and do lots and lots of preventative stuff. My husband came home and said he thought about it and maybe the kids should get the vaccines. I looked puzzled and told him I had been leaning towards not doing the vaccines. He laughed and said, whatever you decide I will back you 100%. What is a parent to do? It's a tough call this year.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue, remember we're all just trying to do what we hope and believe is right for our children. Even if we disagree with each other, I respect your thoughts, and I pray for the safety and well being of your children and those you love. Please do the same for me.
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