Swine Flu Guide

swine flu vaccineMany CafeMoms are in no rush to line up for the controversial swine flu vaccine. Some say the Obamas weren't either. Malia and Sasha apparently waited two weeks to get their shots along with other school children in Washington D.C. Seems like a non-issue, right?

Some people are commenting on blogs and the web that the Obama girls got preferential treatment for access to the vaccine, given to them by the White House doctor last week.

It started when a man from Texas, with two compromised special needs kids living in his home, complained he hasn't been able to get the vaccine for the children, who would be given priority over healthy children. But different areas are getting the vaccine at different times. There's no shortage in Washington, D.C.

The Associated Press quotes some experts who don't necessarily agree that the First Daughters were given preferential treatment at all, but say that they got vaccinated at all is a good thing for several reasons ... and I know you have plenty to say about this. The experts say ....

  • It's a statement about how important vaccines are;
  • Research has shown that parents are likely to support immunization if they learn that their doctors have vaccinated their own children, and the Obamas' decision could be just as influential;
  •  Sick children are distracting for any parent, and everyone wants the President's attention focused on the issues before him;
  • If his kids get sick, their father could catch it from them. Not a job position where you'd like to see the employee take too many sick days.

In more swine flu news, did you hear about the 7 year old boy who was vaccinated against his parents' wishes?

Do you think the Obama daughters were given preferential treatment? And your thoughts on the fact they were vaccinated in the first place -- what do you think of the President's stance of vaccines?

 

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