Monday, August 24, 2009
Wait! Don't leave!! Please come back. I know it's not as hilarious sounding as my last post but perhaps we can have some fun with it.
I took Kendall to the doctor today with a raging fever. She took a flu test. Thankfully that wasn't the problem. So there goes that copay. That's 20 bucks I'll never see again. While we were at the doctor, she mentioned that they were getting close to a vaccine for H1N1 (or "swine flu" as it's street name...) and that kids the ages of mine would be given it first, for health reasons. This brings up the whole issue of vaccines again.
On facebook the other day, I thought we had a very honest and respectful discussion on the topic of vaccines (If you don't follow me on facebook, you should. Right now. Get over yourself and send me a friend request). I think one thing we could all agree on was our mutual disdain for Jenny McCarthy. That and the desire to do what is best for our kids.
I will take the opportunity to say I am VERY pro vaccines. My kids will get flu shots (Cason gets FluMist this year...Yay for nasal spray!) and not every kid does and that's fine. Cason has chronic strep and so the flu is one less thing we would have to deal with. But this H1N1 thing has me worried. On the one hand, my kids go to pre-school two days a week with other germy kids. And if one of them got swine flu, I would, of course, be devastated that I didn't get them the vaccine. So I should vaccinate, right?
On the other hand, I don't really want my kids to be guinea pigs for the vaccine. I don't want to given them the vaccine and then have them turn into man eating zombies. Ok, that's a little extreme, but still. Do we know what all the side effects are? Do we know that it is safe for everyone? And I can't help but feel like this vaccine has been rushed due to the media scrutiny over the swine flu.
So what do you think? Will your kids get the vaccine? Will you? Should I get over myself?