I just got home from taking the kids for the H1N1 vaccine. Here's what you need to know:
1. The lines are LONG--Our regular peds office does not have any of the vaccine and I was advised to get McKay vaccinated asap so I had to visit the Health Dept. clinic--and so was EVERYONE else.
2. Once I arrived, nurses there advised against vaccinating my 4- and 6-year olds with the nasal spray because it contains the live version of the virus and could pose potential harm to McKay.
3. They would not approve me for the vaccine even though I am the mother of a high risk child. If the baby is older than 6 months, mom gets nothing until the next round of vaccine is released.
4. We get to do this all over again when the injectible form of the vaccine arrives in enough quantities for adults and older children. They told me pregnant women are the next priority. If there's any left after that, healthy adults can get in line.
5. The H1N1 vaccine is a two-part vaccine for children under 9 years of age, so McKay and brothers will have to go back 30 days after the original dose to complete the vaccination. This was news to me as all the reports I heard said it was a one shot deal. For adults, yes. For kids, I guess not.
If you are considering the vaccine for your family, I thought you might like to know!