To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question.
Mother’s are passionate about their little tykes and it’s usually their passion that drives them to their decisions on vaccinations. Today parents are well-informed on their health care options. Information is almost too readily available. The great debates can set your mind to spinning and your emotions to flip-flopping. That’s before we even consider the pleas of the grandma’s.
We all want what’s best for our children and for ourselves; however, ‘best’ is very individual. Despite some bad reactions in myself as a baby, I chose to vaccinate both of my children to everything from measles to chicken pox to the swine flu. For me, the benefits definitely outweighed the risks.
I have several friends who have chosen the exact opposite for their children. They do not believe in vaccinations because risk is high, vaccinations are filled with toxic ingredients, and they do not want to subject their children to anything that is unnecessary.
We are both making informed decisions that we believe are best for our kids.
Recently, the H1N1 (Swine) flu shot has become available. Parents are once again faced with a big decision. Should they vaccinate their children?
The county health department held a flu shot clinic in a local church this past week and I not only chose to vaccinate my children to the swine flu, but my husband and I also rolled up our sleeves and took a shot. Personally I have never before had a flu shot,
but this year I decided to stand in line for my quick needle and lollipop. I’ve never before vaccinated my daughter against the flu and I’ve only gotten my son a flu shot once. This year I chose to take the plunge because my son and I are in a high risk category due to asthma. Vaccinating my husband and daughter reduces the risk of them bringing the illness into our home.
I don’t think everybody needs the flu shot and I’m not sure I’ll get one next year, but this year I decided that the benefits for my family were substantial.
Unfortunately, I was already sick when I got my shot, a secret I concealed from the little old ladies with the needles. I spent yesterday in bed with a fever, terrible congestion, and body aches; however, I’m not completely blaming the shot. After all, I was already sick. Thankfully I’m perking up today! I’m ready to roll in the mud and I have an uncanny craving for corn on the cob.
What about you? Are you planning on getting the swine flu shot and will you give it to your children?
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