My Kids, My Wife, and I Have All Gotten Our Flu Shot

Have you?

It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor about getting the pneumonia vaccine as well. It lasts for ten years, and it can reduce flu mortality by about 50% (since a lot of flu deaths are associated with pneumonia complications).

And as soon as the swine flu vaccine is available in October, our family will be getting that one too.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to My Kids, My Wife, and I Have All Gotten Our Flu Shot

  1. Kellene says:

    I have not, nor will I be getting the swine flu shot. Among the reason why, the US Administration has given blanket legal immunity to the manufacturers of the H1N1 vaccine. Why would they need to do that if it was perfectly harmless? Plus, for over half the children in the UK who took the Tamiflu shot, over half of them have had side effects. Not something I want to expose my kids to, thank you very much. http://bit.ly/fVopA

  2. santitafarella says:

    Kellene:

    You’re being a good mother, trying to do what you think is right for your kids, but you should do what your doctor advises on the flu shot, the swine flu shot, and the pneumonia shot. At least call your doctor and express your concerns to him or her, and let your doctor explain your options to you.

    I don’t think, for instance, that your objection to the H1N1 vaccine is a good one. In any pandemic, the first thing a country will do for manufacturers is guarantee immunity from lawsuits. The greater danger is not getting the vaccine ramped up and going in large quantities. Also, the methods for generating the swine flu vaccine today are very different from those in the 1970s, and identical to the ones associated with the traditional flu shot. It simply is not rational to not at least talk to your doctor about getting this shot for your kids this year.

    As for Tamiflu, doctors give medicines because, on balance, their benefits outweigh the risks. If you go by anecdotes and not statistics, you would not use any medicines ever.

    For the sake of your kids (and kids they go to school with), please at least talk to your doctor.

    —Santi

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