I decided to see the doctor to discuss my H1N1 aka swine flu vaccine dilemma. I made the appointment on Monday, and by the time this morning arrived I felt fairly decided that I would NOT get the vaccine. If I'd already had our baby, maybe I would, to be on the safe side. But as she's inside me and the potential side effects of this vaccine are still unknown, I just don't feel comfortable taking the plunge. Although I have not always seen eye to eye with my doctor (see running in pregnancy advice), I do respect his opinions and advice.
He explained that it was my decision as to whether to get the H1N1 vaccine; he also seemed to understand my concerns with taking it. Although the official government health advice is for pregnant women to get the vaccine, I appreciated that he considered my personal situation and did not push the medical solution. Don't get me wrong; he didn't advise me not to take the vaccine but instead didn't press me to take it.
If his expertise and assessment of me indicated disproportionate risk, I expect he would have given different advice. This has sealed the deal for me; I will not be getting the H1N1 vaccine (unless I have a major change of circumstance or change of heart).
I did have a hot water and lemon when I returned home from the surgery....just to be on the safe, un-vaccinated side.....