I'm sure you've all read a million articles about vaccinations and the flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine and do I or don't I and so on and so forth. Let me first say that I am a full believer in vaccinating our children and have followed our pediatrician's inoculation schedule...until now. We have Noah's 15 month appointment tomorrow and are scheduled for his MMR and the seasonal flu vaccinations. And I'm worried. No, I'm not just worried, I'm anxious about it. I have not given a second thought to his vaccinations until now and with all of the reading (research?) I have been doing I am not comfortable bombarding his system with two reactive vaccinations on the same day. Add on top of that a pretty nasty cold and I fear a recipe for disaster.
I've never asked my pediatrician if he would alter the set schedule for vaccinations and tomorrow I think I will. Basically I want the first of two seasonal flu shots (he's never had it before so he gets two doses a month or so apart) tomorrow, followed by the second shot next month and the MMR in December. Now, what do I do about the H1N1? I don't know if they even have the vaccine available at their office yet. But if they do, do they have the ONE shot that doesn't contain mercury as a preservative? So far only one manufacturer has made a mercury-free shot and there isn't a whole lot of it to go around. Also, from what I've read, it's not recommended that children receive both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 at the same time since both are reactive vaccines. So that brings me back to do I or don't I and, more importantly, when?
Sigh. Do you see why I'm anxious now? I feel like I can't make a definitive decision on the vaccines until I speak with my doctor tomorrow at Noah's appointment. I don't like going into the appointment knowing I have to make a decision on the spot armed only with the information that I have today and what the doctor says tomorrow...it feels rushed. And we're talking about my BABY here. My sweet, happy, snot-nosed baby. What would you do?