Thursday, November 5, 2009
Several of you have asked me to write a post about the swine flu/H1N1 vaccine.
Many are wondering if they should get it. If it's safe. If it's necessary.
I think maybe there's the hope I'll give you the definitive answer you need.
I am a health care professional with over twenty years (how is that possible?) experience. I am also a mom.
Here's what I know:
Statistics can be used to illustrate your point regardless of where you stand on the issue so are, to some extent, useless.
The media use sensationalized reporting because it generates job security.
Fear for our children's health and safety is overwhelming.
The vaccine reportedly takes two doses and 14 days to be effective in children.
Here's what I think:
Drug companies are for profit and are therefore unlikely to be objective.
Flu happens every year and people do die - it just hasn't always been reported in such detail.
People who have had flu vaccine can still get the flu.
Here's what my heart says:
As a parent you have to do whatever seems right for you and your family.
Doing your own research, rather than repeating what you have heard, is vital.
It is not helpful to criticize others for their choices.
Wishing you clear minds and peaceful decisions.