Well, I FINALLY got my H1N1 vaccine... I was skeptical at first ONLY because I felt like my own natural immunity to flu has protected me thus far in life. I was SURE I'd end up catching it at work, and I would be protected naturally...
The thing that made me change my mind about getting vaccinated was the fact that I haven't caught this flu yet... even though I work around it on a regular basis. None of the nurses I know have caught it either (at work) except one. The one nurse I know who caught it, caught it from her grandbaby (whom she keeps). That tells me, that this virus isn't spitting itself out there as heavily as regular seasonal flu does. Not yet anyway. It's deceptive.
What we see as a "mild virus", is actually a very miniscule viral load manifesting itself as a weak virus that some say is not even as severe as seasonal flu. So we let down our guard. And we scoff at those who over-react.
I've witnessed my two daughters being infected with a flu-like illness twice in the last three months. The second time being more severe. That's highly unusual. It's all about how MUCH virus you catch.
There are clues all around us, for those who have eyes to see.
I catch EVERYTHING From kids at work... Except this bug.
My intuition tells me that this virus is just getting to "know" us. It is definatlely a killer (I've seen it kill), but it hasn't unlocked the front door of our defenses.
It sends out lone, little groups of foot-soldiers into the field, and even though they easily get stomped out by our defenses, they are constantly gathering intelligence.
(you know I love to speak in parables)...
I feel like whatever this vaccine has to offer, has got
to beat nothing at all. (As I have NOT been infected thus far.) I Know several pregnant women at work (who are only a few weeks pregnant) who have taken the H1N1 vaccine, and have suffered NO ill effects. They weighed the dangers of catching the flu, against taking the shot, and opted for the shot in a heartbeat. If any of them miscarry, I will let you know. I also know two nurses I work with who miscarried last year for no apparent reason... vaccinations were not in the picture. Some sources state that As Many as half of all first time pregnancies end in early miscarraige.
So if you couple that fact with Obstetricians who are promoting vaccination for pregnant women, there are bound to be some vaccinated women who end up miscarrying. That doesn't mean the vaccination caused it. They may have miscarried regardless.
One nurse I know miscarried this Past Summer, (unfortunately she'd had no flu shot in her life to blame it on), and she still opted to take the vaccination a week ago, because she's trying to get pregant again, and she doesn't want to catch this flu. So it's easy to make assumptions that are not always related. Everyone will hear what they want to hear.
In the end, Everyone
has to weigh their own options.
Our workplace is doing NOTHING to encourage workers to get vaccinated. The people seeking out the shot, are truly "seeking" it out. It's very strange, how LITTLE encouragement we got compared to the seasonal vaccine. STRANGE. very strange. It's almost as if they don't want to encourage us to take it. They don't have enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone at work. So they Can't AFFORD to promote it. That should speak loudly about why the Media is Downplaying the vaccine and semi-promoting it at the same time.
They are literally whispering about the shots being available (in the hospital where I work), as compared to shouting it from the rooftops when the seasonal vaccine was being offered a month ago.
Anyhow, there were many people who swore they'd never take the vaccine, and some who were thankful to finally get it.
I don't know what sways some people one way, and some another way.
I've never taken a flu shot in my life. I've always been skeptical, but this go-round, my intuition screamed at me to take it. So I did.