The World Health Organization wants you to get the H1N1 vaccine. So does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most obstetricians want you to get it
. But Dr. Jay Gordon, a noted pediatrician who is on the faculty at both UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is encouraging everyone to slow down, take a deep breath, and think about this decision.
Even pregnant women.
Dr. Gordon and I talked today about his controversial position on the H1N1 Virus, the vaccine, and who he thinks should get it. We spoke specifically about the vaccine and pregnancy, but also about whether I (you) should get it, whether my child (your child) should get it, and -- if not -- what kind of risk are we facing?
You Can Listen To Dr. Gordon's Recommendations Here...
Food for thought.
As Dr. Gordon suggests, his advice is in no way meant to supercede that of your trusted health care practitioner. It is, instead, a foundation for a discussion with your doctor. This, like all decisions you make during pregnancy and as a parent, should be made while armed with as much good information as you can get.
Be well. :)