Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flu Vaccines: Regular Here, Swine Vacc a Comin

I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and get the swine flu vaccine.
1. I'm a teacher.
2. I have a baby. He already had flu/stomach bug in September, and the sight of your infant vomiting is not pleasant, even if it doesn't go on and on for five days like my baby's did. (For all I know, we already had swine flu.)

Now, Stamford is not yet offering swine flu vaccine to the regular population, so I can't get it yet, but I'm going to swing by Tully next week to get the regular flu shot. My baby already got his first of his two-dose regular flu shot (my pediatricians, like many others, have not yet taken a position on giving kids swine flu shots- I'll cross that bridge later). I do know that I'm going to get the swine flu vaccine, and I'll probably make my husband get it.

Check out this Conn Post article for info.

I'm no vaccine pusher, especially for tiny babies, but my baby's flu was really hard on him- I don't want that to happen again. We had to go to the ER and get IV fluids because of the repeated vomiting, and then after that, he stopped eating/drinking for a few days. It was not good, and he was really only better after a whole week of round the clock care on my part, which was also pretty hard on me.

I used to have a much more wary view of vaccines, but know that I've seen how hard a little old flu can be on a baby, I am knocking down my pediatrician's door to get whatever vacc they are offering (mostly an exaggeration, I'm just saying, I now feel way better about vaccines even though they are a little controversial).


Puhvis Kukk said...

I'm at the same boat. O is 3 months old so she won't be getting any herself but supposedly I can pass the antibodies through my breastmilk?!
My pediatrician essentially said that getting the flu shot won't bother me but if I dont get it and O gets it, I will want to shoot myself. True.
PS! After having read about ur trials and tribulations, I decided to postpone our trip to FL for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's such a great idea...

MamaBall said...

I haven't vaccinated my kids against the flu (ages 5 and 8) and they've made it through just fine. But I'm doing it this year, though. Why? One of the girls I went to high school with is out in the Denver area. Her son AJ is 5 and just started kindergarten. He came home with a scratchy throat on a Friday 2 weeks ago, developed a fever on Saturday, and was hospitalized with kidney failure on Sunday. Diagnosis: H1N1 flu virus. He's been in the PICU ever since, had surgery to put him on a heart lung bypass machine to give his heart a break and to try to reinflate one of his lungs that collapsed. He had four small strokes in his brain last week, and will be dealing with the repercussions of that for a long time. We're hoping he can get off the ventilator today -- this will be the second time they've tried to get him off it. I can't imagine what Meredith's been going through, watching her little guy fight for his life. She and Don will be facing massive medical bills, even with insurance. The vaccine wasn't available for AJ at the right time, but I'm going to do whatever I can to get my kids vaccinated this year.

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