Today I spent almost an hour trying to find a place that has a preservative free H1N1 vaccine for my 2 year old. Although there’s a lot of controversy about thimerosal on whether it causes autism or not in children, so depending on how you feel about this preservative will make your quest for getting the H1N1 vaccine easier or more difficult. I for one generally prefer to go the most natural route in everything, but this time I am quite flexible. I called our first pediatrician (we have 2 currently as we are transitioning to a new health plan) to see if they have the vaccine today and they did, but only a 100 vaccines. These vaccines have already been assigned to high risk children with existing ailments. The woman also said that they don’t know when they are getting the next batch and that these vaccines were not preservative free. I put our name down on the 300 people long waiting list and called up the second pediatrician.
As luck would have it, they just received their H1N1 vaccine supply about 10 minutes ago. Unfortunately, that supply is for children 4 years and older. She didn’t know when she would get the vaccine for under 4. Again she put our name down on the list when I asked her to do so and said she would call once the vaccine comes in.
There is so much chaos and confusion right now that as a parent I don’t know where to go. I know for sure that I am not going to do the nasal spray on my 2 year old even though you can. The thought of injecting a live virus into your body just doesn’t sound right, especially since there’s very little research on how your body will react to the nasal spray. My friend Holly took the nasal spray and has been sick for 2 days. You can read more about her experience here.
At the LA County Health clinic, I went to get my preservative free H1N1 vaccine, they were telling us to wait and hold off and go to your pediatrician as they will be getting the vaccine in the next two weeks. When I call the pediatricians, they are saying go anywhere you that will give it to you. I am not sure if I am going to go to another clinic camp to get her vaccine as the delays are almost 6 hours long in the normal. Can you imagine the things you would need to do to keep your child entertained for 6 hours in a line? Not happening!
I am going to keep trying till the pediatricians get it and till then just wash her hands every time we come home from outside, keep a sanitizer, and make sure that her hands are not in her mouth or on her face as the only portals of entry for the virus is the nose or the mouth. The other precautions to take that I have read are to clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water as it is very effective in bringing down the viral population. The best way to do this is to blow the nose hard once a day and swab both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water.