Too much information!
What do we do as parents? Do we inject our kids with this vaccine that is so new? unaware of the potential side effects because of the lack of time we have had to test it. I am definately not giving it to my kids, though i must admit that there are moments where i wonder, am i making the right decision?
Have the rest of you parents made a decision?What are your pediatricians recommending?
I was afraid of the vaccine too and had decided not to give it to my kids....UNTIL...I researched it on my own.
After doing my research I have made an apt. and my kids (age 3 and 4) will be getting the H1N1 vaccine next week!
I could go on and on, but basicallly most of the rumors out there are FALSE. The vaccine is made EXACTLY the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. There are no additional additives. So, when people say this has not been tested properly, that is false. The basis of this vaccine has been around for over 10 years and has proved to be VERY safe. Instead of selecting the seasonal flu strains and growing them into the vaccine, they are putting the H1N1 strain into the vaccine. Everything else about the vaccine is THE SAME. In fact, if the H1N1 flu had come out a few months earlier, it would have been incorprated into the regular seasonal flu vaccine.
Here is what sold me though. 1 in 100 people who get the H1N1 flu will end up with major complications (hospitalizations). Right now there is now way of knowing who that 1 person will be. It has been healthy people with no apparent pre-existing conditions. So there is a 1 in 100 chance that my child will be that 1. Now the risk of having a reaction to the vaccine is something like 1 in 500,000 ( I cannot remember the exact number, but it is a high number). So, you have to choose where you want to take that gamble.
I am choosing to vaccinate. The risk of a potentially harmful side effect is very low. THe 1 in 100 risk is low too, but since so many young healthy people are that "1", I don't want to risk it.
You are going to hear so many rumors about how unsafe the vaccine is. People are taking about this like there is no tomorrow. MOst are hearing their information from a friend of a friend of a friend.
Do some research on your own. Research CREDIBLE sources. You will be surprised at how safe this vaccine is.
Edited to add: There is a lot of talk about the vaccine in the 70's. That was a very different vaccine. People are saying many people died from it and also got a neurological disease. If you read the data, it was a VERY small percent of people who actually had this neurological disease. So small that science could argue that these people may have been predisposed to having this condition regardless.
I'd agree with jdsun. There is a good description in the last post on how the vaccine was developed.
With H1N1, it is hitting the little ones the hardest. They haven't had time to build any antibodies to help protect against this virus and they are getting worse cases than most adults. Chances of death are higher for the really young for get H1N1 than for adults. I say with the rate this virus is spreading the risks of the vaccine are lower than the risks of complications if they get the disease.
It is an individual choice though. Please weigh the needs of those your kids would be exposing as well though as you make your decision.
No vaccine available in our state yet either. DH has been calling around trying to get some answers. The health department is handling all the H1N1 Vaccine and have gotten several shipments, yet nobody is receiving any for distribution yet.
I'm on the fence as to whether I will get it. I believe young children and pregnant women though should really think about getting it though! Several young children in our area have died from it.. even an adult.
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So frustrated. Apparently the county health department has distributed the vaccine to clinics AND has 3000 doses reserved for a giant flu blitz on Halloween. Call the clinic and they say it's not available and it's too much trouble to set up a waiting list for high risk patients.