Wednesday, October 7, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine?!

Swine Flu Shot?!

So I have heard mixed reviews and read lots of banter back and fourth about whether or not people are getting the H1N1 vaccine. Well, I am 7 months pregnant and I am at 'high risk' for the Swine Flu.
I am usually one to get most vaccines and to also get them for my kids, unless I think they are completely unnecessary, but this one I am not sure about.

I have been reading these things about the H1N1 vaccine...

-The vaccine production was "rushed" and the vaccine has never been tested on humans.
- Swine flu vaccines contain dangerous adjuvants that cause an inflammatory response in the body. This is why they are suspected of causing autism and other neurological disorders.
- The swine flu vaccine could actually increase your risk of death from swine flu by altering (or suppressing) your immune system response.
-There is zero evidence that even seasonal flu shots offer any meaningful protection for people who take the jabs.
- Doctors still don't know why the 1976 swine flu vaccines paralyzed so many people. And that means they really have no clue whether the upcoming vaccine might cause the same devastating side effects. (And they're not testing it, either...)
- No swine flu vaccine works as well as vitamin D to protect you from influenza.
-The H1N1 vaccine is just too new and the side effects are still unknown.

What are your thoughts and if you were/are pregnant...would you get the vaccine??


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Unknown said...

Hi Kelly!

I posted about this topic a couple of weeks ago. I was on the fence about this as well. But now I am pretty sure that we will all be getting it for the protection of our little baby. I think your post brings up good points but is there any evidence to support it or not support it?

I've heard from our ped dr that the thing about this virus is that it mutates and can become more harmful to the next person who gets it. Say like I get it and it's not a big deal but then I pass it to my 8 week old might be really hard for her to fight off. Especially since she really doesn't have an immune system that is built up as say mine would be.

We have altered what we do to take precautions. We no longer will set foot in McDonalds. Skip ECFE that is held at the local elementary shcool (virus lives on hard surfaces for 8 hours) and avoid things like that. And we skip library story time. It's too bad but I just feel like I have to protect a new baby.

How about you? Are you going to? Is your hubby? Kids?

I'll be back to check on what others have to say.


MOMMY-MOMO said...

This is my personal opinion. I just talked to my doc about this and she said that the swine flu isnt any different or more serious than a regular flu??? Just me, but we dont do flu shots.

I personally think all the hype is for money making purposes. Again... just me!

Now you being preggo? I'd go with what your comfortable with :) good luck. its a hard decision.

Meant to be a mom said...

I don't know for sure what you should do. I understand you wanting to be completely safe and do the right thing. So here are my thoughts. I don't usually get the flu shot either but this year with a new infant son we were advised by his pediatrition to get it. This is just the regular flu vaccine. As far as the h1n1, I've also heard that it was "rushed". It scares me. If your that concerned maybe skip the h1n1 flu shot, just get the regular flu shot and carry antibacterial wipes in your car, in your kitchen, in your purse and be sure to use then throughout the day, keeping your hands away from your face. We are doing this just to keep our little one safe from anything, its hard but so worth it. Best of luck deciding what to do.

Katherine said...

Haven't had time to read all the posts, so I may be repeating stuff. I've done a ton of research and asked docs about it. I had my child care person asked her two friends (director of our health dept and head nurse over immunizations), and I heard our college's doctor talk in front of the board of directors about it. Here's my thoughts on what you've heard:

1. They have conducted clinical trials on humans and no one has died or had serious side effects.
2. Some swine flu vaccines have thimerosal in them, which is the component often linked to autism. Most child vaccines no longer have thimerosal. I know our health dept does not give any vaccines to children with it in there. They are making thimerasol-free H1N1 vaccines for children...and you can request it.
3. I've heard a lot of talk lately about people wanting kids to develop a "natural" immunity. Life for kids used to be pretty scary before they started vaccinating for diptheria, polio, measles, etc. Children had a wider range of diseases to die from than they do today. Do I think we're going overboard? Maybe. Do vaccines scare me? Yes. But, think about how many kids today are catching and dying from whooping cough. It's on the rise because people aren't vaccinating. Yes, natural immunity is good. So is staying alive.
4. The evidence is what it is...they say it may not prevent you from catching the flu because viruses are always changing.
5. They may not know, but I can tell you what the doc here said. He said, "In 76, millions were vaccinated and only 25 people died from the vaccination. Thousands have already died from the swine flu." Plus this one is being tested more thoroughly. They have more experience making flu vaccines.
6. The vast majority of people are highly deficient in Vitamin D because we no longer spend the majority of our time outside. There are several studies on vitamin D deficiency in children out right now. It's a major problem.
7. It is new. It is scary.
8. When I was pregnant, I wouldn't even get the seasonal flu vaccine! I honestly don't know. It's really scary because pregnant are at more risk for complications. I'm still trying to decide whether I'll let Ethan have it! I'd say do some more research and good luck with your decision. I know a pregnant women here who is scared to get it, but she's going to.

Katherine said...

One last thing. So far, the virus has been mild. The doc diagnosed my son with the flu this past weekend (he had a 102 temp, but I don't think it was the flu). He said something that stuck with me....he said, he may handle one virus just fine, but you don't want to see what happens if he ends up getting both in one season.

Burtons Blessings said...

I have been on the fence about this too. Our ped recommends it and is giving it to her kids. However, my son's daycare already has a case of h1n1 and our Dr office isn't getting the vaccine until November so he could likely get h1n1 before then. He has already had the flu shot as well as myself. I never got a flu shot until I got pregnant. Our family is strongly recommended to get all vaccines b/c my mother-in-law recently had a stem cell transplant and we have to take all precautions. It is scary, I don't really have any good advice...good luck with your decision.

Erin said...

I dont think we will be getting it. I need to talk with my dr. about it when I go in on the 26th and see what she says. My husband has said that I should not be getting it!!!!

Rachel H. said...

It is so scary, and I hate that there is so much unknown and mixed reviews. I'm not one who has ever gotten the flu shot, so I think I've finally ruled it out, but I've been going back and forth trying to make a decision!

Mommy3 said...

We aren't getting it and if I were pregnant it would not change my mind. We don't normally do flu shots either and didn't with either pregnancies. We do however give the children their childhood/baby vaccinations.

PotterMama said...

Nope. We are not getting it, I wouldn't get it if I were prego either!

Paige said...

We will not be getting the H1N1, although we both did get the regular flu shot. We had a lot people question why we will not be getting the other, all of my reasons are the same as yours.

I posted a video from CNN on my post the other day if you want to check it out.

Tanielle said...

My Dr told me last week he wanted me to get it but I am a little concerned too. I haven't made a decision, but a I am getting the regular flu shot. Let me know what you decide.

morgan823 said...

I am scheduled to be induced in less then 4 weeks and I will NOT be getting it nor will I have my 2 year old get it when she can. My thoughts on it are this, they have mass produced it so fast I don't know what the "real" side effects are over time and I'd rather just take my chances with everyone in our family but that is just me. It just makes me nervous when they produce something and put it on the market so fast without seeing what all the effects are. Let us know what you decide.

Elissa said...

You left me a comment last week...THANKS!!
I have been on the fence with this, too. We (hubby and 2 kids) have never had any flu vaccines. I do all other vaccines, but have never been convinced on these. The new one terrifies me. Thanks for the details you shared. IF we do anything we will only get the regular flu shot, but I don't think we'll even do that. I am not pregnant, but I never took any of the "precautionary" stuff during pregnancy (3x) either. Personal choice!

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