Friday, 19 February 2010
Swine Flu: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate
We are fortunate enough to have a great doctor and so on recieving this letter I called him for his advice. He has children too and I trust his opinion, but like everything I like to do as much research as I can myself too. He said that the national helplines are now all closed, he no longer receives calls regarding swine flu and that if your baby is healthy and normal then there is no reason to give it. Obviously he could not say 'don't do it' as he would then be liable for anything should it happen.
Statistically everyone acknowledges that this is a very mild strain, even compared to the seasonal flu; but since WHO declared the pandemic, there has been pandemonium (ref: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/swineFluVaccination.php)
I think that my main concern is that this vaccine hasn't been through the proper testing channels. Because it was declared a pandemic the vaccine was fast-tracked through the legal channels and has not had 10 years of testing etc. In addition, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has granted vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits that may result from any new swine flu vaccine. Not sure if this applies to the UK but I would think similar rules would be adopted here.
We made the decision not to give Baby Belle it. But many of my friends have given their babies it. There is no right or wrong and as a mother I think you have to come to your own decision on these things. I worry, a lot, that it was the wrong decision but she is very healthy and so hopefully even if she gets swine flu she will be OK.
What are your thoughts and what did you choose for your little one?
We also have the MMR coming up and thinking of going private and getting the seperate injections. I would also love to hear your thoughts on this too...