Today I went to my Mom's group, hoping to have a good time, maybe meet some new people, and learn something new. I was very happy to hear that we had a Public Health Nurse there to talk about H1N1.
Now, first of all, my kids are fully vaccinated, but I've also done my research. So that might give you a little background on where I'm coming from. However, I was totally terrified of the H1N1 vaccine. I've read all the articles, heard the bad stories, just like everyone else. However, I wanted to make sure that what I was hearing was the truth. And I'm so glad I did!
For all my Canadian readers, this is for you. Because I love you :) Canadian vaccines are not made in the same place as US vaccines. They are actually a lot different. Canadian vaccines (and this means ALL Canadian vaccines) do NOT include any mercury. They have very strict regulations, and are very closely monitored. So, if you were like me, and read all the hype coming out of the US, you are probably avoiding the vaccine. BUT, after getting all the information, asking my questions, and getting informed answers, I'm thinking I will be in line for the vaccine.
Another thing to note... if you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, there is a special H1N1 virus just for you (and me). It excludes some additives that are not safe for pregnant women. So make SURE that if/when you go to get your vaccination, you let the nurse know about your pregnancy. Very important!
I have a whole bunch of information on the vaccine, but please do your research, and talk to your Doctor or Nurse. Don't rely on hearsay, or online articles. They just aren't reliable, and certainly not medical studies.
So my brother informed me that there is indeed mercury in the vaccine. WHAT?? I'll be giving Public Health a call today. And I'm going to ask if there is a mercury free version of the vaccine. I know I've heard it is possible if you ask, for some vaccines. Either way, Public Health needs to know they are giving out false information!