Got shot?

As of today, Canada is doling out the H1N1 vaccination. There is a priority as to who gets the vaccinations first. People with chronic medical conditions under the age of 65; Pregnant women (after 20 weeks gestation); Children six months of age to under five years of age; People living in remote and isolated settings or communities; Health-care workers involved in pandemic response or who deliver essential health services; Household contacts and caregivers of individuals who are at high risk, and who cannot be immunized (such as infants under six months of age or people with weakened immune systems).

Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada’s chief public health officer said “Keeping in mind that we’ve ordered enough vaccine for every Canadian that needs and wants to be immunized, our basic approach is to ensure that those that need it most get it first.”

I am not sure whether or not I plan to vaccinate my children or not, or even to get the vaccine myself. A friend told me seeing as I am still finishing antibiotics my body is too weak to get the vaccine, another told me not to take it as the side effects and risks have yet to be quantified. I don’t actively seek to stick my kids with needles – are they at risk of H1N1 more so than regular flu? Right now I am more concerned with the mumps that seems to have hit their school than with the threat of something seemingly abstract.

Are you vaccinating? Why? Why not? Let’s have a discussion.

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4 responses to “Got shot?

  1. I won’t be getting the H1N1 vaccine, even though I expect to be called as part of the priority group (I’m 28 weeks pregnant). One reason is that it’s not been fully tested on pregnant women (and as a knock-on, their developing fetuses), and the vaccines available in the UK contain adjuvants which were linked in the last outbreak of H1N1 to Guillan-Barré syndrome (Canada have bought 1 million non-adjuvanted vaccines specifically for pregnant women and children under 5). My husband will be getting it, if only to limit my exposure from him traveling in and out of London every day.

    If you’re pregnant or have an already compromised immune system, why take the risk of further complications from a vaccine which has been rushed to market? Just my $0.02.

  2. regarding the mumps issue that is going around the jewish community (brookyn, lakewood, & i guess mtl) i wonder if ppl. who got it were up to date on their vaccinations or not. i would like to assume that if your kids are properly immunized, then they are not at risk of contracting mumps but i don’t know that for sure :(.

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  4. Usually I don’t get the flu shot (haven’t had it since I was 12, and haven’t had the flu since I was 12), but this year I’ll be getting both the seasonal and H1N1 flu shots. With 10 tumors in my lungs, it’s just not worth risking getting the flu. I have enough to worry about trying to stave off bronchitis (got it twice last year and once the year before, and have gotten it plenty of times before that) and pneumonia (got it once when I was 5 and once when I was 19).

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