It's finally here, the vaccine to save the world! Well, not the world, but hopefully to reduce the cases of swine flu...err..I mean H1N1.
Yesterday, the H1N1 vaccine was shipped around the nation. The vaccine comes in two forms: you can get poked with the flu shot or snort a nasal spray. Sorry mommies-to-be, but pregnant women cannot receive the nasal spray, along with people with compromised immune systems, you have to opt for the shot.
Despite this blessed miracle vaccine, many have serious questions and concerns about receiving the vaccine since it is so new. Not only is the media still filling our heads with swine flu-related deaths and outbreaks, but now they throw the vaccine into the mix. It's great that there is a vaccine, but why instill the fear of side effects, nerve damage, and other health risks? So, what are we supposed to do; Sit around with a surgical mask on, or roll up our sleeves and get poked with this mystery serum? The only advice that I can give is to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have and just do what you think is best for the health of your family.
Many parents are concerned about the additive thimerosal for their children because it's mercury-based, but the CDC claims that some contain it and others don't. Be sure to ask your doctor.
Do you plan on having your young child vaccinated, or receiving the vaccination yourself? Let us know how you feel about the new vaccine and what you plan on doing to keep your family healthy.