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I got the H1N1 vaccination ... did you?

By Elizabeth Held
Friday, November 20, 2009
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Monday afternoon found me in line with hundreds of my closest friends. It was like Disney World; the line wound round and round, except we were in line for the swine flu vaccine.

Yes, I decided to get the H1N1 vaccine.

I’m not sure if this puts me in a majority or minority of Americans. It’s hard to tell, given the fact that there’s a shortage of the vaccine, but people are up in arms that it’s unsafe.

I actually planned all along to get the vaccine, until I started talking with people. One of my friends assured me that my future children will have birth defects because of mercury in the vaccine.

Commentators on the left and the right called people like me crazy (click HERE). There was that viral video on YouTube about the Redskins cheerleader who had the horrific reaction (click HERE). Don’t watch it if you get nervous easily.

And then there was all the talk about the dangers of rushing vaccines and what happened in the '70s.
So, after all that, I was on the fence. I think, understandably.

But when I was home in October, my mom and I were talking with a family friend. I expressed my concerns to her and she said the most logical thing: They make a new flu vaccine each year. This vaccine is just a different flu strain. It’s no different than getting a seasonal flu vaccine.

So, on Monday afternoon, I faced my fears and the line and got my flu shot.

I’m writing a story for the school paper about it and I interviewed people in the line. Person after person said the same thing. They’d rather deal with the 20 seconds of pain than a week of the flu. When I asked specifically about fears or concerns, people said the same thing I did. There’s a new strain every year and this is nothing to fear.

Anyway, I’m wondering where you all stand on the vaccine. Had one? Waiting for one? Don’t want to be anywhere near it?

Let me know.

 

comments

November 20, 2009
4:43 p.m.

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mhowie says...

I think most of us want one, but few of us can get one 'cause we're not in the priority groups. I waited and waited, and then I ended up getting the flu, and I know I'm far from the only one. But since they're not testing to see what kind of flu you have, I can't be 100 percent sure that what I had was or wasn't H1N1, so I'll probably get the shot anyway, whenever they get around to allowing me to.

November 21, 2009
9:34 a.m.

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grant18 says...

Some of are lucky - we're too old!

 

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