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November 4, 2009

Stick Me!

After waiting for this day for the last week, it finally arrived- the day when I would make the drive all the way from the southern side of the Twin Cities to the far north to the clinic that would give me the H1N1 vaccination! I have to admit, I was really looking forward to putting this behind us; as much as I knew the importance of doing everything possible to protect myself and Baby G, the idea of taking another vaccine while pregnant made me uncomfortable.

I managed to find the clinic (overcoming the first big hurdle) and made it on-time, despite all of the traffic and construction! When I checked-in, I was disappointed to learn that they had run out of the thimerosal-free vaccine (which I was told I would be receiving). Apparently, the clinic had just run out earlier in the day. I was informed that I could take the regular vaccine which contained thimerosal or I could wait until the clinic received more vaccines, at which time they would call me and I could be vaccinated. (For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, this should clear things up for you.)

I decided not to wait and chose to receive the regular vaccination for several reasons. First, there is no telling how long it will be until the clinic receives more H1N1 vaccines and the longer I wait, the higher the risk remains for myself and Baby G. I also decided to receive the regular vaccine simply because it requires several weeks before the individual actually becomes immune and I had no desire to postpone this process.

Despite a little soreness in the arm where I was given the shot, I have experienced no side-effects whatsoever and I am genuinely glad that I went through with receiving the vaccine!


  1. I am soooo glad you finally were able to track down the vaccine!!!

  2. Thanks! Me too! Now we just need to find one for Jonathan (preferably before Baby G arrives)!

  3. If its any consolation, I still can't find one for me. And I work at the hospital! They are only giving the shot to dr's & nurses, everyone else gets the intranasal... and my asthma/massive bronchial issues prevent me from getting it... laaaaaame. And to top it off, I have had the flu 3 times this season already.

  4. Aw, sorry Kate! Hope you can find one soon!