Why I'm Not an Anti-Vaxer - page 2

crof takes on the anti-vaccine crowd, and makes the case for why he is in favor of the swine flu vaccine. i agree with him. i do understand that some people will choose not to be vaccinated. i can... Read More

  1. by   jennifer0702
    Quote from indigo girl
    It was the first swine flu vaccine that became available as of last week. Many schools have been mailing home permission
    slips to parents to sign for this vaccine.

    My own hospital is not offering it for our staff, however. We will have the injections instead, and probably multi dose vials.

    You will have to check around for where this is available, but it is a good option for you.
    Yeah I think my school clinic will be providing the shot for free. I may just settle for that.
  2. by   Multicollinearity
    I had some moments of being "anti swine flu vax" when the vaccine was first coming out and there was confusion about the adjuvant thing. However, I do not believe there are any adjuvants in this vaccine. Think about it - would the CDC send out thousands of vials of vax with secret ingredients, knowing someone, somewhere, is going to be testing the contents? I think not.

    What I have seen is deaths in my area and some severe illness. So no, I'm not anti-vax. I'm looking to get vaccinated as soon as I can.
  3. by   Purple_Scrubs
    I feel the same, Multicollinearity. I was very leery of the vac when they first started talking about it, and I think it was the term "fast track" that I feared. However, then I actually researched it and learned that it is made the same as the seasonal flu vac that millions take annually with few side effects.

    With any treatment, there is a risk-benefit ratio, because almost nothing we do in medicine is completely benign. In this case, I believe the risks of the vac are miniscule compared to the benefit. I do not think this strain of the flu is going anywhere anytime soon, and the fact that it kills previously healthy people in a seemingly random manner scares me much more than a vaccine that is not "new" in any way other than the strain of flu that is being inserted.
  4. by   Pat_Pat RN
    Making us wear a mask, "This way, patients can be informed that the person taking care of them may potentially be contagious." is a bunch of nonsense. What may I be contagious with? The flu? Chickenpox? The common cold? Any of a thousand other viral syndromes? Maybe MRSA? It is said that most working in healthcare are colonised with MRSA anyway... Maybe everyone in healthcare should have to don a level A HazMat suit before entering any room? We can take this as far as you want.
    Maybe we should start color coding our masks so our patients can know what disease I *MAY* have......
    Take the shot or not, but don't try to force me to do the same.