H1N1, Residual Coughing, Vaccination
Since the girls have attended their school only since last February when we moved to Colorado, I suppose the nurse there doesn’t know me well enough to recognize what kind of parent I am. Which would explain why, when I walked my kid into the office this morning to discuss her inhaler use for the rest of the week, that nurse acted like we’d brought bubonic plague into the room with us.
Yes, AG is back at school today.
She’s still coughing frequently while the actual H1N1 has passed, (because that is her thing) so she has to forgo recess and P.E. for the rest of this week. The cough explains the nurse’s cold shoulder to me this morning, I’m guessing, but A) AG hasn’t had a fever since Sunday night, nor any other flu symptoms since Monday morning, B) to know her is to know her asthma cough, and C) if I kept that kid home every time she coughed, she’d never go to school.
Frankly, the nurse surprised me even as the rest of the office staff was perfectly pleasant and welcomed my kid back. I mean, hello? The second AG came down with symptoms last Thursday, I immediately put her on the couch with albuterol because I’d been sick and I knew – I knew – it was going to get bad. Plus, I took her to the pediatrician for testing and Tamiflu the very next day. All of which I’ve told the nurse in my daily updates.
And if the coughing all over the school this morning is any indication, most of the parents there aren’t being half as vigilant as I’ve been.
Rant over, and here’s my real reason for posting this morning:
I’ve gotten lots of comments and emails questioning the safety of the H1N1 vaccine and asking for my take it, but I’m afraid my recent bout with swine flu and then AG’s have taken their toll. Right now, I’m just not up-to-speed on enough of the vaccination news to have an informed opinion yet, though I need one since the Steadfast Sidekick has remained flu-free through it all.
So I open it up to you guys. What are your thoughts on the swine flu vaccine? Getting it? Not getting it? Have any reputable, science-based links to share? Throw ‘em all in the comments.
Previous H1N1 posting here