I don't do the flu vax ever (we're delayed/selective otherwise). I just think it's too much of a crapshoot (pardon the expression) in terms of whether it'll be the right strain to be of any use or not...so we don't do it. DH is a school teacher and if he wanted to get it for himself I'd be supportive, but thus far he's never felt the need
Everything I've heard about the swine flu vax is that it's been very rushed and not well tested, and that even in the US they are not letting kids have it yet cuz they're not sure...um, if they're not willing to approve it for kids, why should I feel ok about having it for me? So I intend to stay far away.
One thing I DID hear is that the highest fatality levels of swine flu are pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. I don't know why, I just know it was on the news...they said that pregnant women are about 1% of the population in Australia, but 60% of the swine flu fatalities. In the USA the percents are not that striking, but it was still a somewhat disproportionate number (like 1% pregnant and 6% fatalities or something?) Now I have to wonder if that's the full story--for example maybe the pg women are more at risk for getting sick in the first place because their immune systems are lowered because of the baby...but regardless, the numbers are interesting. The advice they gave on the news was that if you are pregnant, and you feel any symptoms (particularly respitory) that you should get into your doctor immediately.
Anyway, now I've passed on that bit of news, do with it what you will.
I probably would talk to my provider if I felt sick like that, but I have to ask--what would they do? Would they want to give me the vax? I wont' take it...and what else are they going to do? I'd probably be better off to stay home with my homemade chicken broth and echinacia and garlic.