To vaccinate or not?


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I am in a bind.  I have just returned from the children’s hospital with my son.  We were there for two days post-op and I am as neurotic as ever.  The hospital has several cases of H1N1.

One of these cases was in surgery at the same time as my little guy.  Ahhhh!!!  My husband have been going back and forth as to vaccinate our boys with the new H1n1 vaccine.  Our main concern is our youngest.  He is 17 months old and only weighs 14lbs.  He is very small and has a compromised immune system.  Do we vaccinate him?

We are getting contradictory responses from medical personnel and it is driving me up the wall!! Do we risk the chance and not vaccinate him?…or do we vaccinate him with a new vaccine that still has yet to be researched further?  I just don’t know if I want my child to be an experiment for a new vaccine….especially my sick child!  I am all about and for modern medicine, but I would never forgive myself if something happened to one of my children that could of been prevented.

I know I may sound a bit overboard, but these are the things that go through my mind.  I myself am not sure if I should get the H1N1 vaccine.  I am working in the hospital once a week for my clinical rotation.  However, it is not required and the last time I checked, there was a 2.5 hour wait at our health dept. to get the vaccine!  This is the only place locally in our area where we can get the vaccine.

I am not sure if it is this way in other states, you may want to contact your local health dept. or ask your physician if you want to be vaccinated.  So, the question remains….do I vaccinate? I wish I had the answers!!!

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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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3 Responses to To vaccinate or not?

  1. Sean Dent

    You and me both dear. We have not been blessed with children, but our family is asking all the same questions for their children in the family. Too many unanswered questions for me, as well as this particular vaccine has a lot of unknowns.
    A very hard decision indeed.

  2. Terra Lilleston

    I can’t believe the flu season is here so soon. I also cannot believe it is right when the new Swine Flu/H1N1 vaccine is “now” available. It just seems a little odd to me. I am against getting the shot because I read the fine print about (GBS) also known as, Gillian Bar Syndrome. It has been linked to old H1N1 vaccinations. It has paralyzing affects of the muscular system. I am not going to risk even the slightest chance of aquiring a life long debiltating disease. There is not enough information to the public right now. Plus, our immune systems are a glorious thing and most of us will develop our own antibodies to fight this flu bug on our own– and build immunity the natural way.

  3. Terra Lilleston

    Just to clarify–It is Guillian Barre` Syndrome. I spelled it wrong sorry. Anyhow there is tons of info of the 1976 trials of H1N1 vaccine. There were a reported 500 Guillian Barre Syndrome cases linked to the vaccine. 25 of those people actually died and the government then ended the campaign for the vaccine. Look it up in Wikipedia. This scares me to death and I will not even have my children vaccinated. This autoimmune disease also attacks the nervous system and can make you paralyzed all the way from your legs to your face. Some people have had deep tissue damage of tendons and even have had pulmonary and cardio problems which resulted in death. Look it up and you will see what I mean. Not cool!