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Cold & Flu Season: Vaccinate My Kids? Hmmm…

Well here we are in October, the start of cold and flu season.  Now that I have a child in public school, (Many of you that follow my blog know my oldest son Dillon is in Kindergarten) we are bound to harvest many viruses in our house this fall and winter.  I’m just dreading it.  Spring and summer is always so gloriously virus-free,  but once the weather turns cooler and the schools are packed full of snotty, coughing kids, we can say goodbye to healthy days.

Dillon

I have a friend with 5 kids and I swear that woman always has one sick kid at her house through the whole cold and flu season.  With 2 kids, I am about one week out of the month with a snotty, coughing, or fever-ridden child on my couch.  As I type this blog, I am working from home today with Dillon who spiked a fever of about 102 last night.

So last night as I laid in bed tossing and turning, I began to rethink my vaccination strategy.  I made the unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) mistake of reading an MSNBC article on vaccinating for H1N1.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have thought about it.  But then I thought about the fact that if I was going to vaccinate them from the general flu, I might as well vaccinate for H1N1 too.  That’s about $120 just for the 2 kids.  If I was to vaccinate the whole family, that is almost $250.  I was beginning to feel for my friend with 5 kids.  Also, what about side effects?  This H1N1 vaccination has been rushed to production.  What’s to say that it even works, or that my children won’t have side effects?

So anyway, I digress.  I was reading this article about a little girl, Isabella, age 4, perfectly healthy that almost died from H1N1 and I started to look for H1N1 vaccination in Raleigh, where I live.  None yet!  So with my fever-plagued 6 year old in the next room, and little Isabella on my mind, I found myself praying to God; please don’t let it be this flu.  Then I re-thought vaccinations again.

So today, Dillon’s fever broke for now, but I’m back to the big question.  Vaccinate or not vaccinate?  I gotta say, I’m still at a loss.

I wish all my readers the best of luck this flu season!  Wash your and your kids’ hands and keep your antibacterial gel around, especially when going to such germ factories as McDonald’s play areas, Chuck E Cheese, Monkey Joe’s, and of course, good ol’ daycare/school.

What about you?  What are your intentions this flu season on vaccinations?  What kind of pre-cautions are you going to be taking?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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