Flu season is here and the debate on whether or not to get a flu shot is still going strong. However, for one doting grandmother, not getting the shot may result in her not being able to see her new grandchild once the baby born.
In an effort to gain another perspective on the situation, the grandmother wrote about to Slate’s Dear Prudence column:
My son and his wife are expecting their first born, my first grandchild. We are all beyond excited. Here’s the hitch: I and my husband do not get or believe in flu shots, and have not for over a decade. I am a retired nurse practitioner, so am well-informed on the subject. The expectant mom’s mother says no one will be allowed around the baby unless they have had their flu shot. I am in a quandary. I don’t want to lie and say my husband and I have gotten one when we haven’t. But I don’t want to be left out of this little one’s life because that side of the family thinks I am being unreasonable by not caving to have a shot I do not want. By the way, both my husband and I have had all our regular vaccines. What should I do?
Cafe Mom reports the post had mixed reviews on what the grandmother should do:
One person wrote that it’s not up to grandma to decide whether or not she wants to see the baby without a flu shot:
Um… just because you get a flu shot doesn’t mean you can’t still carry the flu virus to the kid. But bottom line, if you want to see the baby get the shot. Their kid, their rules.
Another person said even with the grandmother getting the shot, it is not guaranteed to protect the child from the virus:
The flu shot only protects you, not the child. You can still carry the flu virus with or without the shot. The shot is also not a guarantee you won’t get the flu. Many years the shot given does not protect against the strain going around.
Overall, a lot of people that read the story were riled up because of the fact that the grandmother is a former nurse. One person said with her medical background, she should know better:
Shameful that a fellow healthcare practioner would be anti-flu vaccine. No shot, no baby visit.