We Survived H1N1

Two families with very different H1N1 experiences -- one typical, one traumatic -- share their stories.

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Amy and Hallie

Courtesy of Amy Haim

Yes, we survived -- but what a mess. My baby, Jillian, was too young to get the H1N1 vaccine, but at her 3-month appointment, my pediatrician pursuaded me to get my 4-year-old, Hallie, and myself vaccinated. I have to admit, it made me nervous: The doctor stressed how rough H1N1 virus is on babies, so I made the appointment. Unfortunately, I was too late.

By the next day, Hallie had H1N1 -- and it was the saddest thing I've ever seen. I remember her crying and saying, "My hair hurts." Her breathing was heavy, and for about four days her fever was constantly spiking and dropping. My husband and Jillian stayed at my in-laws' house. My glands swelled up and I could feel my body fighting, but thankfully I never got sick and was able to care for Hallie -- I'm guessing the vaccination prevented me from catching the virus from Hallie. After a week of quarantine, my husband and baby moved back home. I scrubbed the house from top to bottom, and even now I'm crazy about antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer. I don't want to go down that road again.

-Amy Haim; mother of two, Los Angeles

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