It seems that all anyone can talk about lately (other than the Olympic decision and the economy) is the H1N1 vaccine that is arriving in doctor's offices this month. Being pregnant AND almost in my third trimester moves me to the front of the line when it comes to the shot. You hear it everywhere, "28 pregnant women die of Swine Flu." As if pregnant women needed another reason to worry about their health on a daily basis. But if this vaccine is as safe as they say it is, why are so many pregnant women resisting it? And more importantly, why are so many OB offices cautioning against it?
My OB office hasn't had the vaccine available yet and therefore they have not been offering it or discussing it during my routine appointments. I have an appointment next week and I do plan to discuss it with my doctor. But before I do that, I have been trying to read up on the subject and do my usual Googlethon to see what I can find out on my own. There are millions of hits dealing with H1N1 and pregnancy, but one very interesting article I came across recently was from CBS with Katie Couric. You can read the article here.
In a nutshell, pregnant woman (and many others) are concerned that there wasn't enough time to properly test this vaccine. The risks are still unknown and with that kind of uncertainty, many pregnant women have decided against the shot. And after talking to other pregnant ladies and reading hundreds of articles I have to admit...I may be one of them.
I still have a lot of questions and I will be interested to know what my OB thinks. But overall, I am not sure that I want to risk getting the shot. The only thing that worries me, however, is that my part-time job is at a College...one of the germiest places to work. I am diligent about washing and sanitizing my hands when I am on campus but is that enough? I guess I am pretty torn at this point and was hoping that maybe some of you could offer some insight. Have you ready any good articles? Have your doctors said anything to you? My pediatrician didn't seem worried about Addie getting one since she isn't in daycare, but still...should I be thinking about her too with the new baby in the house? This is just too much to think about!!