I left a large part of me in last fall worrying about H1N1. The uncertainty and the frustration took me over. It was about this time last year when it all started. The virus that could be the end of us, similar to what happened years back and killed so many people. The media managed to scare us to no end. But, how do we know what to believe? Do we believe the media? The hype?
At first the question was, is the vaccine safe? People everywhere were saying it was a dangerous strain that could do very harmful things to your body if taken as a vaccine. Medical people were talking about how they would not take the vaccine because of the things they have heard from the actual laboratories where it was made. And, the hype started.
As the media started reporting deaths the question changed to, where can I get my hands on this vaccine for my kids? There was a major shortage of the vaccine in my part of the country. Talk about frustration. I found myself spending hours upon hours on the phone in search of a way to find the vaccine. I went to the extremes of finding another pediatrician in the area that I ‘heard’ had the vaccine in abundance, calling that pediatrician, making a new-patient appointment, and seriously considering changing providers for my kids (possibly only temporarily in order to the vaccine). How bad is that? There were people breaking into clinics in desperation for the vaccine. It was unbelievable. It was so hard to understand why one pediatrician in the area would have an abundance of it, my kid’s pediatrician nothing, and then my general practitioner plenty (but in no way would they give any to my children). Just thinking about it all gets me all crazy again.
Turned out all three of my kids did get the H1N1 virus. They were able to get Tamiflu and they were good. I can’t help but wonder if they didn’t get the Tamiflu how they would have been and even more so, how safe is the Tamiflu?
So here we are in a new year. They say there will be no problems acquiring the vaccine this year. I find it somewhat amusing that this year the H1N1 strain is included in our seasonal flu shot. All one thing. All the people who were afraid to get the H1N1 vaccine but had no problem getting the seasonal flu shot…what are they thinking now?
I do get the seasonal flu shot every year, so did just get my H1N1. My kids also get their seasonal every year, so they too will get the H1N1. All sort of ironic after all the questions and uncertainty last year.
Did you believe the hype with last year’s flu season?