January 8, 2010
My latest worry has been whether or not to get the H1N1 vaccine. Now that they’re finally available, I’m running up against the beginning of our IVF cycle which means it’s now or never. As a bit of a background, I’m generally wary of vaccines (especially for kids), but for years I have gotten the seasonal flu vaccine – partly because I used to get really sick (mostly because I was in college and not taking very good care of myself ;-)) but also because my youngest bro gets terrible (hospitalization-worthy) asthma when he’s sick, so our whole family would get it so we didn’t bring anything home. I got the vaccine again this year, but have been dragging my feet with the H1N1, because of the things I’ve heard about mercury levels, not enough development/testing, and first trimester miscarriages.
On Wednesday I called the RE’s office to see what they recommended, hoping that they would be able to convince me one way or another. A nurse called back and said “Sure, you can get the H1N1 vaccine, just do it before you start cycling (on Wednesday)!” So I asked, “Okay, I know I can get it, but is that what you recommend?” My answer? “YUP!” Great, thanks for the help.
So then I posted a question on the Resolve/Inspire board, and have heard a lot of varying opinions. Basically, no one would do it in the first trimester, but lots of the more high risk pregos did it once they passed that phase (and once it became available). I also heard from doctors and nurses, who unfortunately did not share much in the way of consensus. So then I asked one of my nurse friends (two others that I know already got it) and she recommended that I do get the vaccine, since we’re trying to get pregnant and pregnant women are one of the most high risk groups with the H1N1.
So I guess now I’m leaning towards getting it (though I was leaning against it earlier this morning). I just don’t know if it’s worth the risks, considering that we’re so close to the end of the typical flu season. But this flu doesn’t seem to be following any of the rules, and I would hate to get super sick during our first trimester…ugh. S doesn’t believe in medicine in general so he’s no help. 😉 What do you all think??? Have you/are you getting the vaccine??
Oh, P.S. 😉 Today I am thankful that it is FRIDAY, that my animals let us sleep through the entire night last night, and that I’m going on a movie date with S later tonight (seeing Leap Year! we obviously have to see anything set in Ireland ;-)) to the Premium Cinema!