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H1N1– Decisions, decisions.

November 14, 2009

H1N1 – Doc, What Should I Do?

Over the past few months, there is no doubt that the H1N1 virus has created a frenzy of concerned citizens and swiftly became a media star. Although I have not been able to find any high caliber peer-reviewed studies proving the effectiveness or safety of the H1N1 vaccine, this post will not be focused on the “what if’s.”

My goal is to give you information to support your health. Whether or not you choose to get vaccinated is up to you.

Let me give you some good questions to ponder before getting vaccinated. One of the best resources I have found regarding vaccination is www.nvic.org.

Below are some questions you should ask before vaccinating your children… And if it’s good enough for your children, it’s good enough for you. The questions are as follows:

  1. Is my child sick right now?
  2. Has my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
  3. Does my child have a personal or family history of:
    • vaccine reactions
    • convulsions or neurological disorders
    • severe allergies
    • immune system disorders
  4. Do I know if my child is at high risk of reacting?
  5. Do I know how to identify a vaccine reaction?
  6. Do I know how to report a vaccine reaction?
  7. Do I know the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number?
  8. Do I know I have a choice?

 

Get the facts. If you’re on the fence, ask the right questions to get the proper perspective for you and your family.

 

Don’t panic. If you or someone in your family gets the flu, keep hydrated, eat responsibly, and rest. If severe complications arise, get to your primary care doctor or an immediate care center.

 

Be proactive. Eating well, exercising, and decreasing stress are ways to optimize your immune defenses, to minimize risk of both becoming ill and of complications. This approach will also help to maximize your recovery should you become ill.

 

Vitamin D. These vitamin levels and immunity have been linked, especially in conjunction with respiratory infections. An informative article on this topic can be found at http://www.jsonline.com/features/health/44680902.html. It’s a good starting point.

 

No matter what your choice may be, I hope that you consider the research and make an informed decision.

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2009 4:06 pm

    Hi, this is a comment.
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  2. December 14, 2009 2:15 pm

    Well said, balanced and without judgement. We don’t participate in the vaccine thing but it’s important to give people info and let them make their own decisions… and be ok with it whatever that decision is.

    DrD

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