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Hello. I think I've finally made up my mind to not vax the kids anymore, but what about me? I am a nurse, I work both in nursing homes and in an acute care facility. As a relitively healthy person, I'm not so worried about the flu itself; for me anyway. From reading the package insert (and hearing in the media), it seems that I would be endangering both my kids (ages 3 years and 6months) and the patients that I care for, if I don't get the flu vaccine for myself. I know that part of it is hype, fearmongering, etc. But part of it also seems valid: contagious even before symptoms hit, immunocomprimised patients, young baby. But then again, it's only good against a very small number of strains that may not be the ones in our (or any) area this year.

I guess what I'm asking is what am I missing? What else should I put on my mental (and actual) pros/cons list? Mercury? (25ug per adult dose) Formaldahyde? Infecting my patients/family?

Thanks for your comments!

Monica , DH :cop , DD (8) , DS1 (5) , DS2 (2/09) , and the pup
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