Today I brought our 4 year old daughter to get her first H1N1 vaccination jab.
Late last week we received a letter telling us that our HSE vaccination center was in Rathdrum in Co. Wicklow. I duly went online and made our appointment for 10-11am.
I live in north Wicklow, but having formerly lived in Dublin this was the back of beyond to me. Never the less after only two wrong turns we made it.
The process was simple if a little long. We filled in a form, returned it and waited to be called. I’m not sure how ling this took but it was not too long. The administering nurse was lovely. She talked to my daughter without talking down to her and put her completely at ease.
My daughter told me afterwards that she said “ow” as the needle went in but she said it so quietly that I didn’t hear it and she was sitting on my knee at the time.
Another injection followed for the teddy bear she had with her. A sticker for bravery later and both daughter and bear were done.
We then had to wait 15 minutes (to check for adverse reactions). Having heard that this step is omitted in most GP surgeries I was impressed. A quick temperature check and a briefing on what to look out for (swelling at the injection site, tiredness) and we were on our way.
This process will have to be repeated again in 3 weeks. My daughter will have some degree of resistance within 2 weeks.
The swine flu (h1n1) vaccine does not give you swine flu. It does not cause adverse reactions in any more cases than the normal flu vaccine does and the effects are no worse (I always feel a little sluggish for a day after the flu vaccine).
It was good to see a full turnout (all the available places were booked). Fear of side effects is clearly keeping only a minority away.
The swine flu vaccine is not thalidomide. While numbers of new cases fell last week by 10,000 there is still a very strong case for immunisation. It is available. It is free. Why would you not protect your loved ones?
Has anybody else got any experiences to relate. Feel free to comment below (or by clicking on the word “comments” below this article if there is no form.