It’s a question that’s becoming a water-cooler topic at work. It’s been something that The Ex and I have discussed as it potentially affects our son. It’s becoming more and more of a question mark every single day. It’s something that’s affecting most parents and can be quite the stressful issue:
So should my kids get an H1N1 vaccination shot?
With my 10-year-old daughter, I haven’t had the opportunity to discuss the issue with her mom. I think she’ll most likely get the shot because she’s considered ‘high risk’ and it just seems to be the right thing to do. Either way, I trust the judgment of her mom and her stepfather in making the decision.
The issue for me is with my 3-year-old son.
Ankle Biter gets sick a lot. My feeling is that he’ll get the flu at least once over the upcoming season. My primary concern isn’t whether or not he’ll get sick this winter. My primary concern is whether or not this vaccination is the right thing to do.
I haven’t heard a whole lot of information on the research that went into making this vaccine. I haven’t heard a whole lot about the testing that has been done to ensure the safety of this vaccine. I haven’t heard much on the possible side effects that could come from a toddler getting this vaccination shot.
I haven’t heard about these things because the H1N1 vaccination has been rushed to production and rushed to a rabid public so hell-bent on getting a cure that they’d take shots of wheat-grass juice mixed with my piss if the government and the media told them it was safe.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’d like to think I’m more of a cautionary pre-planner. I would simply like to know more about this vaccine before sticking it into my 3-year-old’s bloodstream. I would simply like to know more before blindly walking into a situation where a medical company could be producing placebos that the government is buying up by the millions in the hopes of placating the public fears.
The Ex told me on Sunday that she decided Ankle Biter was getting the shot.
When she told me about her decision, she told me the reasons behind the decision. She spoke to three local physicians…she spoke with her sister (who is a nurse)…she went to the Canadian government website…she did some research and came to a conclusion. After our discussion, I didn’t really have much issue with it (other than not being consulted beforehand).
I watched the 60 Minutes segment on the H1N1 vaccine on Sunday night. After watching it, I concluded that it’s a safe vaccine for my son and daughter to take. But then the question arose that wasn’t really answered in the segment: Is this vaccine a cure? Will this prevent one from contracting H1N1?
I guess it depends on who you ask, but this answer was about as diplomatic as I’ve been able to find:
In general, seasonal flu vaccines are 70 to 90 percent effective, according to Dr. David Tayloe, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Swine flu vaccine is made using the same procedure as the seasonal flu vaccine and that vaccination is the best way to guard against contracting H1N1.
However, it is too early to determine the effectiveness of the H1N1 vaccine. “We have not had the vaccine long enough to know how many of those immunized will develop immunity or how long they will be immune,” said Tayloe.
He stressed, however, that the swine flu vaccine is made using the same procedure as the seasonal flu vaccine and that vaccination is the best way to guard against contracting H1N1.
It almost seems that for as much as I read about this vaccine being a must-have, I read about it being a should-have. I’ll go with the decision of The Ex and will probably end up getting it myself in a month or so (whenever it’s readily available to the general public). But I’ll still admit to having doubts about the whole thing.
What about you? What about your kids? Are you giving your children the H1N1 vaccination shot? Are you getting it yourself? Is this all over-hyped media fervor?