Did you get yours yet?

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
October 23, 2009 2:34pm CST
This seems to be the talk around town here. Did you get your H1N1 vaccine yet? Are you going to make your kids get it? I wasn't too sure about having my kids get the vaccine but now I'm starting to lean more towards it. I'm getting a little more worried about it.
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33 responses
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
24 Oct 09
No I haven't gotten it. Since the flu vaccines are egg based and I'm allergic to eggs, I can't get them. My doctor told me that years ago. My husband got a flu shot, but don't think he has any plans to get the H1N1 shot. I think you should weigh your pros and cons on your kids getting the shot. Are you in a high outbreak area? Are alot of people around you getting sick? Is it mild or much worse in the people that have gotten h1n1? Are your kids normally healthy and rarely get sick or do they seem to pick up every sniffle and cold? Just some things to think about.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
I think you are right. I really need to think about it more.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
26 Oct 09
I'll get the H1N1 vaccine when it is available, if it is offered to me. Since I'm not considered high risk, I probably won't get the shot. It seems that the vaccine is in short supply in our area.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Sorry but your first two sentences confused me. Are you saying that you would or would not get the vaccine?
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
28 Oct 09
The answer as to whether I will get the shot cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. 1. Yes, I would like to get the vaccine. 2. The injectable form of the vaccine, which is recommended for adults, is not yet available in our area. 3. First priority for the shots is given to children and pregnant women. 4. Second priority is given to those with a suppressed immune system. 5. I am a healthy 75 year old woman. The vaccine will probably not be offered to me.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
25 Oct 09
I was on the fence about the whole thing, but i've made up my mind after attending a parents' meeting at my 21 months old son's daycare where they discussed it more thoroughly; they made me realize, we do not know of long term effects, such as nervous system damage, and so on, and i don;t want to risk it for myself and even less for my child.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
That's great that they had a parent's meeting at the daycare. I wish the schools around here would.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
26 Oct 09
Yah, i know,it reassured me..they didn't do the meeting specifically for that, but since it is the hot topic of the hour, they talked about it.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
24 Oct 09
The talk i hear around here is it will not be available till late nov. Then it will only be available to high risk, children and pg moms. I had heard on one report that the people that got the vacine back in the 70's are more immune that the ones that didnt get it. Personnaly i dont see how having one that long ago will help now. Anyway i did get the shot back in the 70's. There were people back then dieing from the shot.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
That's very interesting. I wasn't aware that it was around back then.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
26 Oct 09
Well i was in my 20's then and you are a bit younger than me. Im not aware how wide spread it was back then. I was in state of colorado then. Im wondering if the immunity gets passed on to my children. I didnt have my son or daughter yet then.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
hello Shar19, no i did not get my H1N1 vaccine yet nor did my family for that matter. much of our desire to have that vaccine, but it's not available yet in the market or in our country that's why. so the best thing that we can do for now, is to be extra careful and take precaution at all times. washing our hands regularly, eating balance diet and the likes will help us make it possible.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
If everyone would do their part in taking care of themselves better then we probably wouldn't be in this situation.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 09
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
24 Oct 09
Hello Shar. I have heard it on radio that some special group of people like students and those who have to deal with a lot of people will get H1N1 vaccine in our country. I think that it is helpful for one to get the vaccine in case one gets swine flu as a good way of prevention from it.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
I agree that most vaccines are good for preventing major illnesses but those types of vaccines have been around and trusted for years. This H1N1 vaccine is new and hasn't been researched that much. That is why I'm nervous about it.
• China
26 Oct 09
I can understand your worry about the use of the new vaccine. We usually feel nervous with something new to us. It is human though. Take good care of yourself, my dear friend.
@glistar (127)
• United States
23 Oct 09
Nope and don't plan on getting it either. I am in college and there have been a quite a few cases of people with H1N1, but no one had any bad complications. A personal friend who got it just said they were unbelievably tired during the worst of their symptoms. How is that different from any other flu? I haven't gotten flu vaccine in YEARS and have been alright without it. I guess some would consider it a gamble, but for me at least, I think I'll be fine without one. If you're worried about your kids though, it's better to be safe than sorry.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
I'm glad you are staying healthy. True, it's better to be safe than sorry - I just worry about new vaccines not being tested enough.
@glistar (127)
• United States
26 Oct 09
That's true. The last H1N1 vaccine didn't turn out too well. :(
@shaggin (38507)
• United States
1 Nov 09
There is no way I am getting myself or my children the H1N1 vaccine otherwise known as the swine flu shot. I ont think it had been tested long enough at all for them to deem it as safe. I am less afraid of an immediate reaction as I am with what the long term effects of this vaccine could be without having more resaearch done on it. I heard that PA is trying to get a bill passed that would make the H1N1 vaccine mandatory for everyone. Over my dad is what I think. That is horrible and an invasion of our rights. I know a lot of people who aready got the flu shot but I am not one of them. There have been about 50 cases of swine flu in our school and the school hasent been close down yet. I know its only a matter of tmie before everyone in my house catches it.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I live in PA and I didn't hear about them trying to mandate the vaccine. I hope they don't. I think it should be your choice. I know there are a lot of kids getting sick but I also know that it's normal for this time of year.
@taface412 (3176)
• United States
26 Oct 09
I am not planning on it. The regular flu vaccine yes, but not this one. It is too new and it came out too fast. I do worry about it, but I am skeptical about the vaccine.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I wish we knew more about it.
• United States
26 Oct 09
No, no, and heck no, my family and I have NOT gotten the H1N1 vaccine. And it will be a cold day in hell before they mandate or force us to get it. Thanks for commenting on my other discussion. As the Bible says, "The ending is at hand."
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I would hope that they don't force anyone to get it. That's pretty scary.
• United States
25 Oct 09
no-i don't trust it. i'm gonna leave it for the more in need if they want it right now-i'm not in the "most vulnerable" bracket.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
That's how I'm feeling about it.
• India
25 Oct 09
No not yet. It is not available in my city as yet and if it is, I am not aware of its availability. But, I am doing what is important in avoiding it. I am seeing that my surroundings are clean including the neighborhood. I am in fact spearheading the campaign to keep the neighborhood clean and pretty successful at that. Hoping for the best.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
Good plan. Thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Oct 09
I have never gotten a flu shot. I have a very strong immune system. The worst I ever get is an annoying cold...not ever even bad enough to stay home from work. Flu shots, or any vaccine, make you sick. They are injecting you with the virus to trick your body into making antibodies. The problem is that you have to get sick to make antibodies to fight off the disease. And then while you are getting sick off the vaccine, another strain of flu, or some other disease, comes along and attacks because your body has concentrated all of its energy on fighting a synthetic disease and can't focus on fighting the real one.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
I can understand your point. How do you feel about vaccines that have been around for years that babies and children get for things like measles, chicken pox, etc.?
• United States
24 Oct 09
No, I'm not going to get and I'm not going to have my kids get it either. If you get the flu shot you have to get it every year after that. I don't like needles anyway.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
24 Oct 09
My husband and I aren't going to get one. We don't even get the regular flu shot. My Mother will get the regular one that she gets every year. We aren't in the age limit that would let us get the H1N1 vaccine any way. And I doubt that my grandkids or 2 kids will get it, either. I'm kind of scared of these quickly-produced vaccines anyway.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
Exactly my point. Thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Oct 09
I don't plan to get the vaccine. I've never gotten the flu and I have never taken any vaccine shots.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Oct 09
I can understand that. I'm sure you must have gotten some kind of vaccines as a child though.
@TazRes (827)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Hi there, No, I don't plan on getting one, as they use the H1N1 virus to make the vaccine and I don't want any of it in me. My children are grown up with children of their own, and they haven't said whether or not if they were going to get it.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
I can totally understand that. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
24 Oct 09
It's not available here yet that I am aware of. I"m not sure on getting the vaccine either, I mean this h1n1 has been around less than a year BUT how long did they test the vaccine? Are you going to need a new one like the regular shot? I dunno I can't say I trust it yet. We just our flu shots for the first time ever this year we've gotten the flu the past 2 years I swear the kids were bringing it home from school.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
That's how I feel too - I just don't know if I trust it. Very scary.
@GardenGerty (104102)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I got seasonal flu vaccine. If I had grandkids I would worry and want them to get the h1n1, but for myself, I do not worry much.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
I would hope that the regular flu vaccine would help too.
@maezee (33941)
• United States
24 Oct 09
No, I haven't got one and I really don't feel like I'm GOING to get one. It's probably necessary, but the truth is that my health insurance seriously sucks! And why waste the $30, when the flu is largely preventable? Instead, I just use hand sanitizer once on the hour and try to cover my mouth and avoid contact with other people. LOL. It's been working so far, so we'll see.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
25 Oct 09
If everyone would just do their job and wash their hands a lot and cover their mouths and noses then we probably wouldn't have this problem. If only it were that easy.