In my last post, I opened the discussion about swine flu and kids. We had a couple of responses on my blog post and on our Facebook page and it seems there are a lot of moms out there (like me) who are hesitant about the swine flu vaccine and aren't sure what they will do for their children.
On Friday I took my one-year-old Jude to the pediatrician for his one-year check-up. Jude got the latest round of shots and round one of his seasonal flu shot. It was a rough appointment. So, I asked my doctor for his thoughts on the swine flu. He thinks that Jude should get the swine flu vaccine. I said, "So it's really that serious?" He replied, "I'm not really concerned about what the swine flu is right now, I'm concerned with what it could turn into." That scared me. I was worried enough about the swine flu in its current state, but when the doctor said that it could get worse, I had to stop and think a little more.
My doctor, whose opinion I respect and trust, says get the shot. I'm no medical expert, but I'm still a little concerned. I want to protect Jude, but I guess I'm still not sure what I'll do. He just seems so young to be getting a vaccine that hasn't been around that long, but he is also too young to battle a serious strain of flu that may get worse.
I feel more confused now than I was before the doctor's visit. I have to admit, I'm leaning more toward the vaccine than I was before Jude's appointment. What do you moms think? What are your pediatricians saying? Post your comments below, e-mail me (email@example.com) or follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/aftonspriggs) and post your thoughts there.
On a much happier note - my husband and I took Jude pumpkin picking this weekend and had a blast! Here are some photos from our field trip. Enjoy!