I turned down the H1N1 vaccine. Have I made the right choice?
As a journalism school graduate and former newspaper writer, I’m always a little skeptical of big news trend stories. So, believing that the H1N1, or swine flu, virus is the end of the world as we know it just isn’t coming easy for me.
I saw stories hyped by other outlets constantly while working. As a student, one paper I wrote sticks with me to this day. It was supposed to be a trends paper about increasing student violence written a year or two after the Colombine tragedy. The paper feel apart when I found that school violence was actually on the decrease and had been so for some time.
Journalists love trends and sometimes in an effort to pump out news stories a theme or event is exaggerated. I feel for the parents of children who have died from the virus, but I’m skeptical of quick-fire reporting and the rush to call this a pandemic of epic proportions.
So when my OBGYN’s office called with an offer to access a special limited-supply H1N1 vaccine for OB patients, I decided to decline. Sure I’ve been told that the vaccine is safe. I’ve read that the vaccine is perfectly safe. But, I don’t feel comfortable injecting something without a long-term risk study into my body and into my unborn child’s body.
For me, I’m just not buying into the H1N1 hype. Seems everyone has an opinion and some of you might think I’m crazy or just plain stupid. I do second guess my decision sometimes, and didn ‘t come to it easily.