We met our new doctor today. I like getting new doctors about as much as I like jean shopping. You know, all doctors seem to have a secret language that is easily decoded once you are a regular patient. I don't mind this process, it helps me to respect their knowledge, I think we just picked the worst possible time to start the process. I had lots of questions over the flu and H1N1. He answered them well, he came highly recomended, and I feel comfortable with him. However, I still left with no answer to the should we or shouldn't we????
Two of my kids have asthma and the other was hospitalized for seven days this past winter for pneumonia. So we are considered higher risk. I think. Ok, it depends on who you ask. Anyway, I am getting off track.
We have the oppurtunity to have the nasal version of this done for my oldest (asthma) and my husband at the school. After doing some basic research we found that if you have asthma you are not to have the mist because it is a LIVE virus. (scary word!!) There could be some side effects for those with asthma. Then the local health department tells me that the shot version has preservatives ( at this point I am thinking, grape or strawberry??). She says there has been some controversy over it and they are just letting people know. This throws a red flag up at me. I have always thought I was pretty well informed mommy and had some good common sense. But in this case, I could see I needed reenforcement. My research savvy husband looked online and found the names of the preservatives (and they are not grape or strawberry!! How dissapointing!) One is actually mercury. I called someone else..
Did your kids get the H1N1 shot?
Ok, she knew about the preservatives.
A few more calls later, I discover my head must have been in kiddie land because EVERYONE knows about these non yummy preservatives!! But me.
I still don't know what I am going to do. Anybody got any good resources for this??