Thursday, November 19, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine and Toddlers Under Two

H1N1 has indeed been a hot topic, and many parents across America, including myself, are desperate to get their babies vaccinated to protect against swine flu. However, we are still going to have to wait.

For the past several months I have tried hard to get Sarah immunized with the H1N1 vaccine. Every time I call to set up an appointment the shots are no longer available. And, because Sarah is under the age of 2 she can't get the midst version for protection because it is a live virus version of the vaccine not recommended for her age group.

This has been so incredibly frustrating, especially since Sarah had a seasonal flu shot this year and has already been afflicted with the the flu (Type A) twice already.

I have been told that I need to call daily to hopefully get her an appointment. Even then, because there are other higher-risk children that need the vaccine the line to get it continues to grow longer. And, just trying to get one shot is hard enough. I can only imagine what it will be like to get Sarah the second shot since it's two-shot series, and go through this craziness again.

By the time Sarah gets her shot, which we are hoping will be soon, it may be the end of flu season. Just hoping that supply becomes available soon to meet the extraordinary demand to help protect America's babies including my little monkey who seems to pick up every bug possible she can lick, eat or breathe in.

I just need to continue to pray daily that Sarah does not get swine flu. From my lips to G-d's ears, please keep my baby healthy and safe.

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