The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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mouse's picture mouse

We're in pretty much the same situation as you are. The only two places I've found so far with the vaccine are the pediatrician's office and the county. The county's doses are reserved for kids age 2-4 and are the live virus version. The pediatrician's are intended for "high risk" cases, which appears to mean underlying medical concerns.

We debated for a long time but have ultimately decided to go forward. By January/February, all three of us should be vaccinated since we'll be in the high priority category of "household with an infant under 6 months." Heck, pregnant women have been at the top of every list I've seen, but I still can't get it anywhere.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I can't believe you still can't get the vaccine, Mouse--especially since pregnant women are on the top of the list.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Today on the phone a parent of one my students said to me, "Q said you had the *SWINE* last week". I said yes I did, in a very matter of fact way. She said, "Well, I don't judge." What the? Seriously? As if I am somehow sickly or unhealthy or bad because my kids and I caught a highly contagious flu? Strange. So yeah, there are a lot of misconceptions.
I have been unsuccessful at getting my kids even the seasonal flu vaccine, our ped's office ran out. None of us got one last year, the fear is just taking us over this year!
I guess I'm just grateful that we made it through having the flu, a first for all of us (I've never had the flu, neither had my kids), and are on our way back to well. Maybe that means our immune systems will have super powers now!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Maybe she thought you were spending too much time with...swine??! Amazing the misconceptions, you're right...around here it's spreading like wildfire, which is scary. I was told by our pediatrician that the H1N1 wasn't available, yet my husband just called to tell me his college is scheduling appointments for a clinic on Thursday. I just don't understand the distribution of this...

I guess since I'm in the throes of it now I'm covered. I hope.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Nadia.