It's About Time

I and my family have had our seasonal flu shots. What about you?

Needless to say, the shots didn’t make us sick. Only one person among our circle of friends and family has a confirmed case of the H1N1 influenza, but a number of confirmed cases have occurred at both of my children’s schools – an Arlington, Texas, high school and a university in San Marcos, Texas.

When I’ve asked co-workers, friends, and acquaintances whether they intend to get the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available to them, not one has immediately said yes. I tell them I intend to be vaccinated, and they ask me why. It’s elementary to me: I trust vaccines and don’t want to get this virus, which is already well established in my community.

An article posted Wednesday on the government’s flu information site did the American public a service by shooting down some of the myths about the vaccine. To wit, the shot will make you sick; you’ve always been healthy, so you won’t die from this virus; and if you’re pregnant, the vaccine is dangerous.

Will you get the H1N1 shot or nasal spray, if it’s available to you? Especially if you work in health care, why or why not will you and your loved ones get it?

Posted by Jerry Laws on Oct 15, 2009