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Will Your Preemie Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

Hi everyone!  I apologize for being so lazy with posting lately.  Life has picked up a bit and I have been enjoying time with my family while we’re all in good health!

I have been wondering lately about getting the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.  I’m eager to get my preemie vaccinated when the vaccination arrives in my area next month, but I am definitely not looking forward to bringing her into the clinic to get the shot.  My pediatricians office is so busy and I can only imagine it’s going to be a sick bed from now until May!  I’ve requested an appointment time for the vaccination first thing in the morning so that we won’t have to be exposed to so many sick kids and we can get in and get out as fast as possible.

My biggest worry is actually the sicknesses that get passed around my husbands work.  Apparently a lot of people are sick there right now and I’m really nervous that my husband will come home one day with the swine flu.  How will I protect my preemie then?  It’s a good thing we have a big stash of masks and lots of hand sanitizer.

What are all of you doing to protect your preemie from the swine flu?  Are you concerned about it?  Will your preemie get the vaccine?  Are you going to initiate some level of quarantine to protect your child?  What about your other children?

I would love to hear how you’re approaching this predictably (is that a word?) bad flu season.  Thanks!


Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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