swine flu vaccination

Claire - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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Hi, i received a letter last week offering my 9 mo the swine flu vaccination i have read a few leaflets and i have got an appointment with the doc next week to ask for advice but i was just wondering if any of your babies have had the jab? if you have any oppinions on the jab? or know much about it? any info will be very appreciated!

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Aleeca - posted on 01/24/2010

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The H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine contain thimerosol (mercury) and formaldehyde. Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the planet. Why would you want to inject it into your tiny baby?

Jordan - posted on 01/21/2010

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NO NO NO NO NO!!!! Every pediatrician in my area has said NOT to give your child the swine flu vaccine. They have all said that it was thrown out there without a lot of testing and that no one really knows the long term results it could have. I am avoiding it. But hey, that is just me. I know quite a few mommies that HAVE given them to their children. By the way though, every one of those children experienced the "possible" side effects.

Desiree - posted on 02/01/2010

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HAS ANY ONE EVER ASKED: Where did you obtain the virus? What was the virus grown on or in to be so mass produced for the public (human tissue, pig, monkey, rat tissue, etc)? What makes up the carrier fluid that contains the virus? What level are the elements that make up the fluid (like how much mercury)? How old is the vaccine? What country was it produced in?

I live in New Zealand and recently there was a big deal with the dairy industry here because they sold raw milk to China where it was made into baby formula, not before the Chinese added TOXIC chemicals in the process of creating the formula and KILLED THOUSANDS of BABIES. I'll ask again....WHERE WAS THE VACCINE MADE YOU ARE INJECTING INTO THE BABIES?????

C'mon ladies, GET WISE, ask questions not ONCE, not TWICE and NOT to the same source. Go Global. We have the gift of knowlege in this day and age....

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2010

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Might I add that the main reason why I got all of us vaccinated was because my 9 month old was premature and I don't need him getting the swine flu.

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2010

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Oh and also might I add that VACCINATIONS DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM. You are born with autism and the only reason why people think that it causes autism is because they start giving the serious vaccinations at the same time they autism is diagnosed. Read the facts and ask doctors they'll all tell you the same thing. My brother, my sister and me all got vaccinations and what do ya know? were all perfectly normal. both my boys are perfectly normal as well. Don't believe anyone when they say that it can cause autism. Fish has mercury in it to and yet I don't hear people saying they got autism from eating fish.

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Desiree - posted on 02/03/2010

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Whatever you think of what I said is your decision. If you think I was calling you dumb, then so be it. If you think I was calling you brilliant, then so be it. Peace, Love, Light

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2010

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Well then I guess you should reread your post because you basically said I am dumb and that I don't know what the heck I am talking about. It sounds like your believing everything people say as well so don't be telling me that I need to stop believing everything my doctor says when he graduated from one of the top medical schools in the country and one of the best doctors in my state. He knows what the hell he is talking about. Discussion over between you and I. You have your opinion and I have mine. I hope that your beautiful child does not get sick when he or she joins school all because you chose not to get him or her vaccinated. If you take that wrong then I'm sorry even though I was not being rude.

Desiree - posted on 02/03/2010

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"dingbat" and "thick skull" is highly inappropriate. This is a discussion, not an argument.

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2010

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O.k. well let's just put it this way lady if vaccines did not work then why do we need them? Why don't you do some research dingbat. Why is it that every single person that I know that have gotten vaccines have never had any serious side effects. It's very rare that you get some serious side effects. There are side effects with every thing you do, say, and use whether you like it or not so get it through your thick skull. I would much rather my child be cranky for a few days then have my child in a coma, paralyzed or even worse dead. F.Y.I I never said my children have never had side effects from vaccines. They have but it was mild and again I am going to get my child those vaccines knowing the risks just like I am going to let my child ride his bike or ride in a car knowing the risks.

Dina - posted on 02/02/2010

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This is obviously a personal choice. I was tossing and turning for weeks deciding whether or not to get my baby the vaccination. I am pro-vaccines, but I did hear a lot of controversy regarding the H1N1. After doing my own research and talking to a few health professionals (dont believe everything you read), I decided to get it for my daughter. The vaccine is made the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine so they didn't NEED too much testing time, its already been tested. I did however opt for the thimerosal-free one, I am not big on putting all that mercury in a tiny little baby. She has had no side-effects but I would go with the thimerosal-free one if you are considering it.

Desiree - posted on 02/01/2010

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Well, Ms. Groleau-Mandin, if vaccines are so harmless, why is there so much debate about them between doctors? Why, if they are so effective, do children get the measles even AFTER they have had a measles shot? The reason for this is because, when you are injected with a virus, live or not, the body doesn't have a chance to build immunity in the same way as obtaining it naturally through the mucus membranes or otherwise. I recommend you do some more research on the matter before you tout the effectiveness of vaccines so vehemently. You are fortunate you and your family haven't had any (known) reactions to immunisations. If you believe everything someone SAYS to you...wether it is a Dr. or not, is silly. Also, the FDA is not the be all and end all. Why would you trust a government agency so complicitly? They feed the American public cows with diseases! Geez.... After living overseas for a while I have seen that our poor American people are the most entertained yet least informed of all folk in the world!

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2010

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O.k. let's just put it this way unless you want your child to get sick I highly suggest your give your baby the H1N1 shot. Vaccines are harmless. My 9 month old got it and guess what he has no lasting effects. My 5 year old got it as well and so did my mom and I. Vaccines save lives, plain and simple. I recommend it. If those parents who don't believe in vaccinating their children would actually do it there would be a lot less diseases. Oh and to Careys post, your pediatrician has to offer it. If the fda really believed that the vaccine could hurt us then they would not have sent it to any of the doctors offices. Thats just my thought on it. You all have to understand that the serious side effects are very very rare and if you don't vaccinate your child just because of the side effects then stop giving your child medicine and stop everything else as well and just lock ur self in a tiny room because there are risks with everything you take and do. I would much rather my son have a sore spot where they poked him then having him go back in to the hospital and be put back on to the oxygen and whatever else because I chose not to vaccinate my child and put him at risk for serious and life threatening diseases. It's common sense really.

Desiree - posted on 01/29/2010

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NO NO NO!!! Google the dangers of vaccinations....there is so much debate between doctors for and against vaccinations. The pharmacuetical companies pay big bucks to have "safe, good" reports put out on all kinds of different vaccinations. I personally don't think any "benefits" are worth the risk.

Sally - posted on 01/29/2010

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do wot you thinks right but how would you feel if your baby got swine flu and died thats how i thought about it ne way and got my bubba born 14th april 09 done when he was 6months 1 vacine not 2 now and he didnt cry and no side effects at all hope this helps sweety x

Theresa - posted on 01/27/2010

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My child got the H1N1 shot at 7 months. She had no side effects. I did a lot of thinking about it and also asked a lot of questions. The main thing is they are saying there is a chance of autism because the shot has a little bit of mercury, but the chances of that are very slim. There are 2 types of mercury and the one in it wouldn't cause it and you would get more mercury out of a can of tuna. They recommend eating tuna while pregnant. There are also 2 types of vaccines for the H1N1. One is a shot for children 1 year and younger and a nasal spray for 2 and older. The shot is a dead virus and there doesn't seem to be any symptoms from this, with the nasal it is a live virus, so if your child has a weak immune he/she will get sick and fight the flu, if healthy then nothing will happen and he/she will not be susceptible. I believe the shot is better. Really the point is if your baby were to get the swine flu he/she would die because their immune system is not prepared for a flu like this. Good Luck!

Leigh - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son had his second of two shots in November. We did not have any side effects at all. Just like the regular flu shot I suggest pain releaver first.

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My son has had the swine flu vaccination and he had it in two doses. He got his first dose in December and had to come back 28 days later for the second dose. He did fine with both doses, and had no reactions.

Ali - posted on 01/27/2010

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I guess you have to do what feels right to you, i can only say both my boys got the vaccine. They are 2 years and 9 months old and neither had any side effects at all.

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2010

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I think vaccinations in general are a personal decision. As long as you educate yourself and weigh the pro's & con's, you'll make the right decision for your baby and your family.
I've heard a lot of negative review about the H1N1 from quite a few sources (those who are for the vaccination and those who are totally against it). My daughter's Pediatrician didn't even talk to us about it. When we refused the seasonal flu vaccine, she must have figured we weren't interested in the H1N1 as well. My sister is an RN in the ICU at our local hospital and she's seen a lot of patients with adverse reactions to H1N1 vaccine (both from the shot and the mist). Those I know who got it ended up sick anyway, too. Honestly, it's a hit or miss with any flu vaccination.
I give my daughter Vit D and Vit E drops on a regular basis to help with immune system -- keeping it strong. That was my husband and I's choice to help give her a boost during the flu season (and year-round). :)
Hope you are able to get some good information and make a decision that you are comfortable with!

Helena - posted on 01/24/2010

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Ok I let my son get it and he is 9 months. I have 3 boys that go to school so yes I think it is a good idea. At first I didn't want it but after all the deaths in my county from it I got it for him I am taking my 2 year old in to get it soon. But it is all up to you as a mom.They shot is not a live virus the nasal mist is a live virus and my pedi got it himself and so did the nurse and got it for her kids. He has had no reaction to it so I am ok with it.

Genia - posted on 01/24/2010

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Our daughter's doctor told us that it is an live virus shot. She said she wouldn't do it if it was her child. She said her office only offers it to children that are at least a year old. She said babies immune system isn't at full strength prior to then.

Julia - posted on 01/24/2010

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my 9 month old has just had the swine flu jab, had it in the leg. on the first/second day she was fine on the 3rd she was very grumpy, clingy, sweaty, cried alot got a swelling on her leg just under injection point up most of the night (like teething) nurse did say she would have these sort of side effects so i'm not that worried day four today and not that bad now. glad she had it done. hope your's goes well.

Kerri - posted on 01/23/2010

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My first question would be why your little one needs it in the first place. Is anyone in an "at risk" category in your household, such as long term illness, on chemotherapy (or equivalent), diabetic, pregnant or has a breathing problem? Both of my boys and my entire family have had the jab because my 5 year old has cancer and is immuno-compromised. None of us had any side effects from the jab (except a bit of a sore arm!).

Monique - posted on 01/23/2010

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I got my son done on Wednesday... he is 9 1/2 months... no side effects so far and the needle is a lot smaller to the normal vaccination needles, didnt really hurt him at all!!! Swine flu is supposed to be making a bigger and worse comeback this year then previously and as I will be going back to work when he turns 1, I dont want to risk, way too many people died in Australia from Swine Flu and I dont want that risk at all :) But like everyone says it is every mothers choice !!!

Whitney - posted on 01/22/2010

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NO....this H1N1 stuff is bull! I know a good website that talks about ALL the vaccines....www.nvic.org

Jane - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son got his @ 9 months & his Dr said that it's made the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. It would have been included in the reg. flu vaccine (they take the top 3 flu strains & put it in the reg flu vaccine) except the H1N1 didn't come along until after the reg.flu vaccine had already been produced. It is no different then the season flu vaccine, they did have some batches that weren't as effective because of not letting it produce for long enough in the eggs other then that there is no more possible side effects then w/ the reg. seasonal flu shot. I have never heard of any Dr telling anyone not to get it because it was produced so fast as a matter of fact any Dr that says that doesn't have the correct info anyway. I've did alot of reading on it & also talked to more then 1 Dr about it to get all the facts before my 9 month old & I got it. If you get the seasonal flu shot then get the H1N1 if you don't get seasonal flu shots then don't get it, that's up to you but don't let people scare you about it because those people don't have ALL the facts.

LauraBeth - posted on 01/22/2010

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We decided not to get it, it has not been tested long enough and I dont want my son to be considerd a test child, they were to quick to find a vac. Also I stay at home with my son and we didn't go any where he would be in close proc. to a sick person, I am so am one of those mothers that sprays the shopping cart with lysol before I put his cart cover on. I am very lucky because he his almost 9 mo and has never been sick. I wish every one the best.

Kerry - posted on 01/21/2010

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i got ma letter threw the other day my lil boy is nearly 9 months and i have been debating 2 get it done and am still not sure what 2 do

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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I believe a mother has to do what she thinks is right. My daughter did not receive the shot. I did my research and talked to my pediatrician. I weighed the pros and cons and for me I thought that the cons won. My daughter is a little over 9 months and thank goodness she has never been sick.

Stephanie - posted on 01/21/2010

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get it! the swine flu vaccine has the same base as the seasonal flu vaccine. it goes throught the same testing as every other vaccine. next year it will be included in the seasonal flu vaccine. what happened in the 70s was 40 years ago. technology has really come around. with everything there is risks and benefits. the huge risk with the h1n1 flu is its fatalities with children.

Wendy - posted on 01/21/2010

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my baby girl had hers and like Robyn's son had no side effects, she was such a big girl and didn't even cry, we go back for the second part this month.

Robyn - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son had his at 6 months, then again at 7 months.. he did not cry like he does with his other vaccines. It was quick and he had no bad effects from it.

Melinda - posted on 01/21/2010

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i refuse to let my daughter get it. its not been out there long enough, and you never know the long term side effects. her doc said its wise not to get it. but i did let her get 1/2 of the seasonal flu vaccine. and i have a choice on to let her get the rest of it or not.

Anna - posted on 01/21/2010

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I'm not letting my baby have it, and usually I'm fairly pro-vaccination. I don't feel that it's been tested enough, and I don't think that swine flu has turned out to be as big a risk as originally thought.

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