H1N1…..Shot or no shot? Is it a roll of the dice?


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This afternoon MacGyver and I went to town. He needed medicines and we needed to go by the Doctor’s office for that. I elected to wait in the car. It was raining and nasty. The parking lot was not full. This is really unusual I thought as I waited for him to return.

Are they busy? I asked as he got into the car. No. He replied. But, I guess they were Sunday. While I was waiting for the nurse to bring the script I asked the receptionist if they had been busy. Our Doctor is in a clinic that is open 364 days a year from 9am to 9pm. Which makes visits wonderful because often he is there on Sunday’s. The little girl replied with a definite yes! He said. Sunday she said, they were busy all day, and they had 38 confirmed cases of  flu/H1N1. Every time the door opened, she said, we were spraying the Lysol.

I’ve not really taken any of this H1N1 to serious. I’ve heard and seen some of the new’s reports and I was rather surprized when he told me the number of people they saw Sunday with Flu/H1N1 symptoms. So I said to him do you think we need to get a shoot this year? Every time I get a flu shoot, I end up sick. He replied. He seems to be very adamant about not getting one. But, he is a cancer survivor. That concerns me and he is 56. After our discussion, I realized it was going to be hard for me to convince him to get a shot.

After hearing that people have waited in lines for hour’s – My Tornado Alley –  if I were to convince him to get one, and he had to stand in line for hour’s it would be horrible. Since I pushed the issue. If he get’s the flu/ H1N1 with or without the shot, the whole thing could turn out to be really horrible. If he get’s the flu and gives it to me, well I have asthma and I’m on the list too.

Here is a list from the CDC.

The 15-member panel of doctors, scientists, vaccine experts, public-health officials and a citizen representative came up with five core populations they believe should receive the first wave of H1N1/09 immunization. These include pregnant women, people living in households with babies under 6 months old (since infants cannot be immunized, they must be protected by preventing illness in those around them), emergency medical personnel who are likely to be in contact with infected patients, young people between 6 months and 24 years old, and nonelderly individuals who have underlying conditions, such as asthma, respiratory illness or a compromised immune system, that put them at higher risk of flu complications

I feel like we should be in Vegas!

When we got to Walgreens I purchased some hand sanitizer in spray form. Fit’s in your pocket or purse. I gave him one for the truck and said, Well, let’s just take a few precautions.

Below is a list that  my buddy Judi sent me. I’ll share it with you. Pass it on and are you getting a shot?

Symptom Cold H1N1 Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100��F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
Coughing A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes called dry cough).
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu.
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

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13 thoughts on “H1N1…..Shot or no shot? Is it a roll of the dice?

    1. Mildred, thanks for checking in with us here on Main Street. Your welcome on the post. It seems to be a growing concern. Hope your son is feeling better? Stop back and see us again.

      1. Hi mothermari, He’s fine, now.
        His whole school was variously sick, at the rate of about one third of the class at a time. the sickest child was home for two weeks-it seems she was also the newest kid in his class and took the longest to recover. However she is fine now. His teacher is sick now.
        Now that we no longer have lineups to get the vaccine, my son has decided not to get it, even though we are not positive, but pretty sure it was H1N1.

      2. Hi! So glad you came by. Hope your having a great Thanksgiving! Several weeks ago Mac a surgery, and the number of people wearing masks was noted as we walked into E.R. that Sunday. I asked while we were in the hospital if Mac wanted the vaccine and he said NO….So far we have all been safe! Blessing to you and yours!

  1. I’m with Linda, no shot for me. I have had flu shots in the past with no bad effects. Aubrey has it exactly right, it takes awhile for the shot to take effect and you may catch it before it takes effect. That is straight from Menard County Health Department (Kathy)
    So I will take the precautions but I won’t panic. Working with the public as long as I have – I figure my immune system must be pretty good by now.

  2. Here is a list of those high risk people. This list comes from the CDC

    “The 15-member panel of doctors, scientists, vaccine experts, public-health officials and a citizen representative came up with five core populations they believe should receive the first wave of H1N1/09 immunization. These include pregnant women, people living in households with babies under 6 months old (since infants cannot be immunized, they must be protected by preventing illness in those around them), emergency medical personnel who are likely to be in contact with infected patients, young people between 6 months and 24 years old, and nonelderly individuals who have underlying conditions, such as asthma, respiratory illness or a compromised immune system, that put them at higher risk of flu complications.”

  3. I am not sure either of you would be in the high risk category. However with that being said, you tell him I said ” you don’t get the flu from the flu shot”! They use a dead virus. It takes 7 days to take affect. If within that 7 days you are exposed to the flu, your probably going to get it because your shot hasn’t worked yet. Thats the same for the H1N1. However, the nasal spray for the H1N1 (not sure about the reg flu), is made with live virus and can produce mild (their words not mine)symptoms of the flu. Also, I took the kids Monday to get their H1N1 shots, we were in and out in 10 minutes. If he decides to get the shot let me know I’ll tell you where we went and the number to call to see if he’s even eligible. 🙂

    1. Good information Aubrey! Thank You!
      Oh….you tell your Uncle MacGyver.
      (He is getting more like your Grandfather as he get’s older! His bark is almost as good.)

  4. My doc won’t let me get regular flu shot as I’m still recovering from the viral infection. He is still up in the air on whether or not I should get the H1N1 – he doesnt think I need it. I cringe every time I am out somewhere and some kid starts hacking and coughing. I cover my mouth/nose with my shirt or something else handy and I try to hold my breath. I dont want to get sick but I think I will skip this vaccine – and spend more time inside this season. Just my opinion. Then again Devoted Spouse spends time at the food pantry and around the homeless who are always sick and he could bring it home to me – it’s a crapshoot I think. Hope I’m right in this decision.

      1. Never been to Vegas – can’t fly that far – especially now that we know that the pilots are up to no good in the cockpit (what an apt name)…lol

        I’m doing good to make it to the casinos in Indiana – last time I won enough on slots to pay for one semester’s tuition – not too shabby.

      2. lol on the cockpit….
        I too won enough one year to pay for a semester, we lived down south. I was going to LSU. How funny!

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