It’s that time of year again, influenza vaccination time (more commonly known as flu shot time).
Baby MPB was not protected against influenza last year as he wasn’t born in time to have the shot, was too young to get it and his birth mother did not get it while she was pregnant. So, last year, we took every precaution practical to keep Baby MPB away from anyone who wasn’t vaccinated.
For us, vaccinations are a simple decision.
So after Baby MPB was born, our rule was simple: No matter who you are, if you don’t have your flu shot, you are not welcome to visit until Baby MPB turns 6 months old and can get his own vaccination.
This meant massive arguments with some family members. Which at the time I was horribly disappointed by, and truthfully still am. I just cannot understand why they wouldn’t want to help protect our child (and their grandchild). And I do realize at some point I should probably just get over it (and I was over it until I read my post from last year when family members refused to get vaccinated). Anyways, I’m starting to go on a tangent/rant. That’s not the point, at least not today’s point.
The point is, now that Baby MPB is old enough we are doing what we can to protect him. Mr. MPB and I stopped working early (well, I am still not really working as I’m still sick) and we went to get our vaccinations. We stood dutifully in line, then we all got our shots and waited for a full 15 minutes to make sure there were no immediate reactions. I must say, I handled it the best – shots just don’t bother me and never have. While we get our shots every year, Mr. MPB and I haven’t always gone together and when we have it turns out I’ve never paid much attention before – Mr. MPB really doesn’t like needles. He toughs it out, but clearly he’s not a fan. And Baby MPB, he was playing with the nurse and having a great time until she jabbed him, then all bets were off as the crocodile tears rolled down his cheeks. Clearly he was no longer her friend.
But we all survived and so far we are all reaction free.
And so this year, I’m relieved to know that Baby MPB has his vaccination – he should be protected. Honestly, I’m also relieved to know that we aren’t begging/arguing with people to get their vaccinations to protect our child.
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