Ok, so I don’t know about you, but it’s taken me a LONG TIME to find information about the H1N1 vaccine that reflects the many, many questions I have about its relavance, safety and necessity for pregnant women.
Recently I came across an article called The H1N1 Primer for Pregnant Women by Maryl Smith, a midwife from Portland, Oregon that touched on a number of those questions in thoughtful, informational yet non-fearful language.
Some of the key points she touches on are:
-How do you know if you have H1N1 if you get sick?
-What you should do if you get sick
-Safety of antiviral drugs in pregnancy
-Natural treatments to preventing H1N1
-Adjuvants: What they are and their role in the vaccine
-Choosing between both or either the H1N1 and seasonal flu shot
-Immunization and effects on baby (is baby immunized if you are, if your immunized during breastfeeding does it impact baby?)
-and (of course) more…
Of course, any single article on H1N1 shouldn’t been taken as the last say on whether or not it’s right for you. It is important to gather information from a few reliable resources and make a decision for yourself. I hope you’ll find this as helpful as I have!