By Kim Blakely, mama blogger
With all the debate swirling around the H1N1 vaccine, I thought long and hard about getting Mojo vaccinated.
I armed myself with all the information I could find about what might happen if he got the shot and about what might happen if he didn’t.
I kept close tabs on news reports and word-of-mouth about what was happening here and elsewhere with kids who got the flu.
I tried not to panic about the flu because I heard about several kids who got it and recovered just fine, but when a note came home in Mojo’s backpack to let me know that there were confirmed cases of the flu in his school, I almost came unglued.
If he got it, would he be OK? And how would I keep him isolated so Moxie wouldn’t get sick, too? She’s still so tiny …
Mojo wasn’t happy, but I made him stay home from school for a few days that week, just in case.
I chatted up lots of moms about their takes on the issue – some said they would absolutely go to the ends of the earth to make sure their kids got the vaccine and some told me stories about their friends whose kids had seizures, three days of high fevers, blinding headaches, etc.
In the end, I decided to go forth and wait in line …
A day or two later, I was talking with a couple of other moms in Mojo’s preschool class about the vaccine – who did it and who didn’t, mostly – when I heard one mom say that her son had never had a shot.
Not one. Not one in his whole life.
We don’t believe in those, she said.
And, she went on, the only way you can really keep from getting the flu is to take a lot of Vitamin D
I’m not so sure I agree with her, and I’m not so sure she’s not putting my kids at risk by not vaccinating hers, but I do applaud her for sticking to her convictions. I’ve seen plenty of research that says we’re over-vaccinating our kids and that vaccinations are linked to all kinds of nasty effects.
But I can’t imagine the angst I would have battled if I had weighed the pros and cons as carefully with each every immunization on the schedule from the very beginning as I did with this latest flu shot.
I guess when it comes down to it, I can’t let go of the feeling that if my babies miss a shot on their pediatrician’s schedule they will get seriously ill and it will be all my fault because I didn’t take care of them the way I should. Should I be worried that I’m doing them an injustice by having them vaccinated on a traditional schedule or having them vaccinated against things like the chicken pox etc.? Maybe. I just don’t know.
What do you think? Anyone out there feel strongly that vaccines are the way to go? Anyone out there anti-vaccine?