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Hubber Help: Your thoughts/experiences w/ H1N1 hysteria

  1. RooBee profile image84
    RooBeeposted 6 years ago

    Hello, all! I see a lot of new faces, reminding me of how long I've been away from my beloved HP. This place really rocks, doesn't it? School has kept me extremely busy the last few months. Which brings me to my request for you, dear Hubbers.
    I'm writing a piece about the H1N1 vaccine, or more specifically about the people getting them (or not getting them).

    Have you gotten one? Why or why not? How does the media coverage regarding the issue make you feel? If you have waited in line to get a vaccination, what was that experience like? How long did you wait? What were the other people in line like? Did you end up getting the vaccination?

    Answers to any or all of these questions will be gratefully received and much appreciated. Please feel free to elaborate in any way regarding your views about H1N1, no matter how you feel about it. Thanks so much to anyone who cares to contribute and I hope to catch up with my Hubbing and chat with all of my sweet, wonderful HubBuddies soon!

    1. darkside profile image85
      darksideposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm in Australia. The vaccine shot I got was developed in Australia. It's free to all Australians. I didn't have to wait in line, I got it when I was at the doctors for an appointment to get a prescription for something else written.

  2. TimTurner profile image80
    TimTurnerposted 6 years ago

    I've had a lot of friends get it but I haven't.

    I think it's a lot of media hype though.

    I am not getting the vaccine by choice.  It's better to let your body fight things naturally to build up antibodies.  Plus, the regular flu kills over 30,000 more people a year than the swine flu or bird flu or whatever "flavor of the month" flu we're on today smile

    1. Whitney05 profile image68
      Whitney05posted 6 years ago in reply to this


    2. Stimp profile image80
      Stimpposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you.  I fully agree.  I believe this "flu" has been around forever and now suddenly it has a name.  My step-daughter was diagnosed with it.  Really?  none of us in the household got it and we certainly are not dying from it.  I'll skip on the vaccine

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    Pacal Votanposted 6 years ago

    You summed it up in the word 'hysteria'. In my country there is an overwhelming media campaign for the vaccine. Everyone that counts has already had himself or herself vaccinated in public including the PM. They are trying to shove it down people's throats. The reason is they (companies closely related to or owned by members of the government or their associates) produced a lot of h1n1 vaccine and they want to sell it, either to people or to the state to disseminate it among the people.
    I don't get the vaccine. I don't trust it. I never get the flu anyway. smile

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      Madame Xposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. There is too much media hype leading to hysteria over just another form of the flu. Also, by law, BigPharma has been indemnified if this particular vaccine harms you in any way or even if it causes death. That doesn't sound right to me - raises a huge red flag.

  4. Ivorwen profile image84
    Ivorwenposted 6 years ago

    I can't remember the last time anyone in my family had the flu.  We have never gotten flu shots, and I see no reason to start now.  We have stocked up on natural virus killers and immune strengtheners, just to be on the safe side.  Besides, i know how to make the equivalent of a vaccination if we do get it.  Personally, I am more concerned about my husband contracting hantavirus than h1n1, do to work conditions.

  5. frogdropping profile image83
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    I haven't had the shot, nor will I be. My daughter has just got over the H1N1 flu. She was unwell, no doubts. But not even half as bad as I'd envisioned (read: as per the hype).

    My partner is currently fighting off a flu but he doubts it's the H1N1 strain and he's been dreadfully ill. So ... *shrugs* ... what the hell is H1N1 all about?

    I wish I had the answer. If it falls into my lap, I will be sure to email you asap smile

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I have heard what people with swine flu have gone through and I'd rather not go through it. I will get the vaccine as soon as I can.

  7. Lily Rose profile image84
    Lily Roseposted 6 years ago

    My sister just got over the H1N1 flu and she was very miserable for just over a week.

    I've been on the fence about it.  I do get the seasonal flu shot each year and my kids do, too.

    My pediatrician's office just got in the H1N1 vaccine and i scheduled an appointment for my girls (3 and 4) for 11 days from now.  I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep the appoinment.  I probably would not normally get the vaccine if my oldest wasn't in preschool.  So many parents send their kids to school when they are sick and viruses spread like wildfire in school, so that's my concern.

    Still on the fence...

  8. maribin profile image61
    maribinposted 6 years ago

    I just had my H1N1 vaccine today. It's better to be protected than to have the disease (swine flu)

  9. RooBee profile image84
    RooBeeposted 6 years ago

    Thanks, guys, for all your responses. They will be extremely helpful!
    Perhaps your beau has frog fever, FD. lol

  10. travelespresso profile image81
    travelespressoposted 6 years ago

    It really is difficult to sort through the hype from the reality in this and many other global issues.  This is a serious issue, but is it worse than other flu viruses?  The swine flu hype was at its highest when I was a few days away from leaving Australia for a trip to Cuba and Mexico.  I was in quite a quandry but decided to continue with the trip.  I felt quite comfortable during my time in Mexico City.  The city had reopened its cafes, restaurants and other public places after closing them in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.  Many restaurants were giving visitiors the option of having a hand sterilizer.  I took extra vitamin B and C and I stayed very healthy for the 6 weeks of my trip.  Was I lucky?  Perhaps.  Is it over-hyped? I have no doubt about it but whether to get injected or not is such a personal decision.  I doubt I will.

  11. megs78 profile image59
    megs78posted 6 years ago

    First of all, I was confused for a long time about whether or not to get it.  too much media hype and too much cramming down our throats for my comfort. But then my son got pneumonia.  the second time in his 18 months of life that he has had to be hospitalized and poked and prodded and it was torture for us, and for him.  For that reason, I had him vaccinated yesterday, and I was vaccinated at the same time.  I believe my son is not strong enough to fight off a virus like that, and I don't want to even try.  for my daughters, I will have them done when it is their turn in 2 weeks.

    Here in quebec, the mass vaccine clinics have gone without a hitch.  you pick up a coupon on a specified day for a specified category that indicates the time you must present for your vaccine (you pick the time), and when you arrive for your appt, there is about a half hour waiting line.  It was remarkably quick and efficient.

    However, there was  another reason i chose the vaccine.  i vaccinated my son against the chickenpox because i have already been through hell with that virus with my daughters and didnt want to live it again with maksim.  the vaccine is not very old, and not even necessary, but i didnt even give it a second thought.  so why not this one that could be potentially dangerous to my children and to me?

    And I have also learned that it is not the potential risk of H1N1 that scares doctors, but rather that it will meet up with another flu such as bird flu and really screw us over. 

    anyhow, hope this helps.

    the vaccination was not painful at all.  the day after i had a lot of pain in my arm and struggled to lift it higher than my shoulders. I also had some nausea and stomach cramping, but who knows if that was the vaccine or some other crazy virus I already picked up?  I am not afraid one way or the other.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I wish it was being handled as well in Ontario :\

  12. lostgirlscat profile image60
    lostgirlscatposted 6 years ago

    Daughter and I have now had BOTH strains of flu, despite the vaccinations she was given. ( She had the live mist, I was not vaccinated at all.) Given the choice again, I would vaccinate neither of us, we were fine until her vaccination with the live strain, and I distrust the mercury laden content of the dead viruss' composition. While more people have died from the normal strain of flu, the extreme exhaustion following the h1n1 is not a barrel of fun.

  13. RooBee profile image84
    RooBeeposted 6 years ago

    Once again, great Hubbers come through! I really appreciate your sharing stories, observations, etc. about the vaccine and the virus. It has been especially interesting hearing about how the whole situation is being handled in different parts of the world than where I am.


  14. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    I caught it, and it was bad, the doctor confirmed that I had the specific virus after blood tests.  I took the Tamiflu and was better in just over a week, however i did catch a chest infection from it!

    It is just a strong flu, it can kill, but only if you do not look after yourself while you have it!

  15. gracenotes profile image92
    gracenotesposted 6 years ago

    Interesting topic.

    The health care providers need to be at the top of the list to get the H1N1, but this is not happening.  In fact, my brother-in-law, who is a hospitalist M. D., just got vaccinated a few days ago.

    My niece is a 1st year medical student.  They haven't offered her any H1N1 vaccine.  That might be understandable, but her roommate, age 24, is a 3rd year medical student, is around sick patients at the hospital constantly -- she still doesn't have it.  Based on what my sister says, I don't understand why certain people in that county are being put at the top of the list.  They certainly don't fit the profile of high-risk.

    As for me, there are no worries.  I won't get the H1N1 shot.  But then, I never get the seasonal flu immunization either.  If I've had the flu as an adult, I don't remember it, or let's say I've had an extremely mild case of it.

  16. megs78 profile image59
    megs78posted 6 years ago

    Just to add to my previous comment, my daughters age group were not supposed to be vaccinated until the 27 of november,but they changed it to the 13th and everything went smoothly.  so now the whole family is vaccinated and all doing well.

    there was a certain case of h1n1 here that was particularly bad.  a girl of 17 was so sick she had to be carried to the bathroom to pee.  she was too weak to get out of bed for 6 days straight.  now i dont know about you, but i do not have the luxury of being that sick with 3 kids so thank god i got the shot.  smile