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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Shot Or No Shot?

My midwife's office called me this afternoon, to let me know that they have received their batch of H1N1 vaccines and would I like to come in to get one.
I paused for just a second and then said that No, I didn't want one.
Now, I am plagued with worries over whether or not I made the right choice. The correct choice. The one that puts my baby and myself at the least amount of risk.
The funny thing is, had I chosen the opposite and said that yes, I'll be right in for the vaccine, I would still be thinking the same thing. Did I make the right choice? The one that puts my baby and myself at the least amount of risk?
I know that the reality is, there is no such thing as no risk. There is a risk either way, and by deciding to get the shot, or not to get the shot, I'm really just exchanging one set of risks for another. Much the same as when I decide whether or not to vaccinate my children for various things, or whether to delay their vaccine. It's never risk free, either way- its one set of risks or another.Align Left
The other funny thing is that in all probability- regardless of the risk of vaccine versus no vaccine- the vast majority of people who chose either will end up totally fine. So how much risk are we really talking about either way?
So, heres hoping I made the right decision (which I made, incidentally, because the H1N1 vaccine is simply too new and untested for my comfort level). I'm hoping I don't regret this decision later on. I wish I could say I feel confident that I did, but the truth is, I just feel like I made the best choice possible with the information available at the moment.

5 comments:

BoufMom9 said...

I would've done the same. I agree, it has not been tested enough for me to give it to my kids. I would much prefer giving my kids the flu meds if they get it :)

Milk and Honey Mommy said...

Angela,

Hold strong w/your decision and have faith that your family will be healthy. We too decided not to vaccinate because it is too new and would rather work at maintaining our good health w/things we know about; rest, vitamins, fruits, vegetables, etc.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth the process used to make the vaccine for H1N1 is the same process that's been used for like 50 years...which is why it's so slow.
Hope this beautiful Gospel passage gives you comfort! Praying!
Titus 3:4-6 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Prayer Bears
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Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray in Seattle!
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Prayer Bears
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* TONYA * said...

Honey, you made the decision that you felt was best for you and your baby at the time. You are right, regardless of which decision you made you would have questioned yourself so it sounds to me like you did the right thing. You have at least given yourself the option to change your mind if you want. That's the beauty of waiting.

Unlike me who has rung just about every dr in town trying to get the shot for the kids w/ 2 confirmed cases in the twins class and M being extremely high risk having suffered with asthma for over 2 months now that the dr's can't seem to give her relief for.

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