It seems everyone has an opinion on the H1N1 vaccination and whether or not to take it.
I’ve become so weary of others’ “certain” opinions on what it is and is not that I’ve started shutting people down when they broach the topic. People who claim to “know” about such things often don’t, I find. I’ve heard everything from the vaccine containing dangerous poisons to, it hasn’t undergone enough testing to be truly declared safe to various conspiracy theories about it. I don’t trust a thing I’m told by a fellow layman when it comes to this issue. I just don’t! I want to be shown studies and the opinions of experts, not an assertation based on an isolated sentence from a Maclean’s article…you know what I’m saying?
So, while the medical officer of health takes to the airwaves to advise us all to get the shot and colleagues and friends claim it’s all a sinister plan to fill us with unknown toxins I’ve been somewhere in the mushy middle. I simply do not know. I’ve done some research on it and given it a lot of thought. In years past I have taken the seasonal flu shot, mostly to protect more vulnerable people in my life from getting sick if I get sick. But in the case of H1N1, I have truly been on the fence.
Finally I decided against getting the shot. I believe I may have already had H1N1. After I became very ill back in the fall, I looked up the symptoms and I had them all. So I had some sort of flu, whether or not it was actually of the swine variety is up for debate. But I’m going to pass. It’s my arm, it’s my body and it’s my decision just like it’s also yours. But one thing I will not do is tell anyone else what they should do because I’m tired of being on the receiving end of that. And conspiracy theorists, please don’t think I’m propping up your point of view either. I just don’t think it’s right for me, this year, this time and only time will tell if I made the right decision.