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Thursday July 18th 2019

H1N1 Why I am Still on the Fence

Very early this morning one of our Fans on our Facebook fan page asked about the vaccination for the H1N1 (Swine Flu). I have been on the fence about this vaccination since the beginning. I have taken a wait and see attitude as it was developed so quickly and very little testing was done on it so the side effects are just unknown.

A simple Google search on H1N1 comes up with more information than I could process. There are hundreds of sources for information on the Swine Flu and the H1N1 vaccine and they all vary. You have groups that advocate for all kids to be vaccinated with whatever vaccine is available. They further assert that it is your responsibility to do so to protect society. Then you have the opposite end of the spectrum that insist all vaccinations are unnecessary and dangerous. There is plenty of middle of the road informative sites out there but the final answer is seeing your doctor.

So off to the doctor I go; as suggested. What I got there was more information, recommendations that if I feel the kids need it then get it, and then told it is not available no matter what I decided at that moment. What about safety??? Do the risks outweigh the benefits? This he couldn’t answer. Essentially it was, “well if your child doesn’t get the Swine Flu then they are being exposed to materials in the vaccination for no reason however if they get the Swine Flu then they will get sick”. Huh? Isn’t all vaccination the same in that regards? If you get the chicken pox vaccination you are exposing your child to materials in the vaccination but if you don’t get it then your child could get the chicken pox. That doesn’t answer the question as to whether the risks outweigh the benefits.

So here I am still on the fence. The vaccine is not available in my area or the kids school yet so I still have some time to figure it all out. I am leaning heavily toward no though. I am not against childhood vaccinations and my kids are up to date on all their shots but I do have my concerns about them. I am against over medicating and unnecessarily medicating my children though.

For the time being I am taking precautions to ensure they don’t get sick but that is as far as I will go for now. For me Lysol is my best friend. Lysol kills tons of germs including the H1N1 virus and the normal Flu virus. I got a couple of packs of the Lysol wipes and sent them to all the kids teachers to help out in the classrooms as well.

I understand that this is a serious illness and the death rate is higher than normal but putting any drugs on the fast track and not fully testing them out before giving them to our children doesn’t seem quite right. My kids are all healthy and have never even gotten the regular Flu so I would rather wait and see. If they do get sick I am fortunate to have good health care available.

Through all the debate you will find it ultimately comes down to us as the parents. We have to assess our children and determine their health status and resilience. For some children the risks will outweigh the benefits but for others it won’t. Being informed is the best the answer. Find out what you can about the vaccination so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. As I said I am leaning towards no but, as the vaccine is not even available here yet, it is not a final decision.

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