As an RN I am no longer sure. We've had a 6 year old who was healthy one day and on a ventilator the next, seriously ill with H1N1. My husband has asthma and my daughter is pregnant and due in February. I lead a healthy lifestyle. I wasn't going to get the shots (flu and H1N1) but now I am wavering again. CHOP is full of young children who are very sick with H1N1. I am not worried about myself but I am concerned about bringing something home to my family. They are saying I can be infectious before I have any symptoms. Thank you everyone for your input. They are giving the shots out tomorrow and I think I'll pass for now.
I am also an RN, and after much discussion with an Infectious Disease physician and weighing my risks of working in an ICU unit, where we have had 2 deaths related to the H1N1, I went ahead and took the vaccine. I am also worried about bringing something home to my family, but now I am worried that maybe I should have passed on it. For some strange reason, I just have a bad feeling about it. Wish me luck!
They ran out of the H1N1 at work. I've polled the physicians and it's about even for and against it. Some of the RN's who did get the H1N1 complained of headaches, nausea, and of course arm soreness. I am angry that we are offering it to Gitmo detainees but we don't have enough for our citizens. I am also angry that we don't make the vaccine here. I have been told it is due to greed, cheaper labor, and fear of litigation. What has happened to our country? I am also encouraged by the responses you received. It's true that if a conservative likes something, everyone else is free to like it or not. If a liberal likes something, it has to be a law. God Bless!!