Jackson: Yeah, kids were talking about it at school.
Me: It's nothing to be afraid of. It's a flu where you feel really bad for a few days. We're going to get shots so we hopefully won't get it.
Jackson: How does a shot stop you from getting it?
Me [wishing I had medical research scientist Husband around for back up]: Well they put dead virus in the vaccine and they inject it into your body. You body creates antibodies to the H1N1 virus and thinks you've already had it [hoping that I am even close]
Me: You get injected with dead vaccine and it tricks you body into thinking you have already had it and then you won't get it.
Jackson: That would be SOOOOO cool. Sydney, we're going to have shots that trick our bodies!!
Sydney: I don't want a shot.
One Week Later:
Jackson: Mommy, guess what we learned about in Sunday School. There was this guy, and he was really sick with the H1N1 and Jesus healed him. [pause] Actually it may not have been the H1N1.
Me: Was it leprosy?
Jackson: Yeah! Which is worse, leprosy or H1N1?
Jackson [disappointed]: Oh.
Two Weeks Later:
Jackson: Mommy, I told everyone at school that you have the H1N1.
Me: I have the sniffles.
Jackosn [disappointed]: Oh.
Three Weeks Later:
Me: We're going to try and get you guys the H1N1 vaccine today.
Jackson [pumping fist]: YES!!! [chanting] we're-gonna-trick-our-bodies-we're gonna-trick-our-bodies
One Hour Later:
Jackson: why is there blood coming out of Sydney's arm?
Sydney: I'M NEVER GETING A SHOT AGAIN!!!! EVER!!!!
Jackson: Sydney, it's not that bad, we tricked our bodies. I think I can feel my body being tricked.
Two Weeks Later:
Sydney [looking at our very sick fish in aquarium.]: I think Anna has the H1N1