Her rheumatologist did question me pretty hard about my decision to not give Hannah the flu vaccine. I was proud of myself for holding my ground, stating my two main concerns: 1. There are so many strains of the flu, it doesn't make sense to me to inject foreign matter into the body that will only cover ONE strain. 2. After Hannah's reaction/flare up to traditional vaccine boosters this last summer (the worst flare up we've ever seen in her little body), I don't want to risk another repeat of that. I feel like Hannah's body attacks itself (hence the autoimmune label), it certainly doesn't need an excuse of additional foreign matter (flu vaccine) to attack itself that much more. I know plenty of people who choose to get the flu vaccine and that's okay. I just know that right now, the flu vaccine does not seem like the right thing for me or the kids. And so I wonder, where do you stand on this matter?
But most importantly, thanks for the thoughts and prayers for Hannah. We're down to one medicine with her and I am so grateful, so very grateful.