Having experienced influenza A along with my son, I have seen what the "flu" can do to a child. Trust me when I tell you it is not pretty, and in my son's case even involved a blood protein transfusion. Do I feel 100% confident that the H1N1 shot is safe? No, but I am absolutely 100% convinced that the virus itself is not safe for my family either.
I have had discussions with numerous people, including my son's specialist at the IWK. I was told that it is not merely suggested that my son have the shot - it is absolutely essential that he and everyone he lives with get both the regular and
H1N1 shots this year.
A highly-trusted family doctor in my town also said that the fuss over the mercury in the H1N1 shot is uncalled for, as there is less mercury in the shot than there is in a can of tuna. Yes, it's higher levels than would be allowable in drinking water, but you are presumed to consume more drinking water in a day than other substances.
As for the side effects, and what will happen in 5 years, I look at it this way: there is a very strong possibility that my son would die without this shot. Whatever happens in 5 years, it will probably be 5 years I wouldn't have had with him if we skipped the vaccine.
Keep in mind ... every vaccine known to man was "new" at some point, and Canada has definitely held a higher medical standard in this area than the USA for a long time. So although I'm not 100% confident about it, I'm not jumping on board with the nay-sayers either. And in the end, only time will tell.
Whatever each of you decides, you have my best wishes for a healthy flu season.
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