Should i take my 17 month old to get the swine flu vaccination?

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I got the letter through this morning, but im really confused about it. I obviously want whats best for Ryan, but do they really know enough about this injection to be giving it to young babies? All opinions welcome. Thanks.

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Stephanie - posted on 03/17/2010

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its up to you! i gave it to my kids, but it effected them different. My daughtis 3 and it didnt even give her a fever. my son got a really high fever for three days 103.7. Then two days later he broke out in hives from head to toe. he still has them and he got the shot over a week ago. i took him in adn they said it was an allergic reaction. it just depends on the kid and you never know! personally i think that a rash and a fever is so little comparted to the swin flu.

Sara - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter got it because: 1. She is in daycare, 2. I am expecting (and H1N1 can be quite devistating to pregnant women) 3. Hubby and I both work in health care. Our germ pool is big, and the benefits far outweigh the risks for us. I do also know of several people who have gotten the H1N1 illness (tested positive). Four of them (one of them my 7 year old niece) have had frequent illnesses throughout the season since having the H1N1 flu (including pneumonia, severe sinus infections, etc.). I remarked to my sister that it seemed like H1N1 was affecting people after the fact like mono. A week later, her pediatrician said that was exactly what they were seeing: lingering exhaustion, predisposition to other illnesses due to a weakend immune system.
I don't think the outbreak was as bad as they thought it would be... but it's NOT fun to get!

Eva - posted on 03/14/2010

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almost a million H1N1 vaccines were recalled beacuse they were tained. Too late since most of them were already giving out.
We do not vvaccinate at all, so this is just one more that they will not get. If you aren't going to get the vax, you can boost up your son's vit. d levels. Most diseases are linked to the lack of Vit D. in humans. My kids get a multi-vit everyday. We did have H1N1 back in Sept. my dd had just turned one and my son was 2.5. It was a week of sickness but not as harsh as the seasonal flu.

Lori - posted on 03/13/2010

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Hi Ashely ,

I didnt take my children to get the swine flue shot ,i had mixed feelings about it

but they did get the flue shot (seasonal) my kids ages 4,18mos and 4mos have not

caught the swine flu ,knock on wood i just make sure theyre hands are washed after using the toilet or touching anything dirty ,they are constantly bathed everyday

we use sanitizers throughout the house.

Sarah - posted on 03/13/2010

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I would say it depends on the risk level. If your child is exposed to many situations where there is a likely probability that he could catch it then yes. I choose not to but that is because we stay home together and go to church on Sundays. Rarely go to the stores. If you don't feel you need to then don't but if you feel that you should then do.

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter recieved the two shots of the swine flu. She did not have any side effects and did not even have a fever.

Kylee - posted on 03/02/2010

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I took Jaz as soon as it was oked for under 10yos here in Australia. She had to have 2 a month apart. She had no real side effects. I would definitely recommend it but at the end of the day it is up to you.

Alea - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter is 18m and my son is 6 years. They both got their first shot in Oct. and did great. I think it is 10 years and under that have to get a second shot. I should of already taken them to get it, but we are going soon. For us, I believe the shot is the way to go and not the live virus.

Sam - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hi Ashley
I took my son when he was 17 months, he was fine after it. He got an ear infection the week after whixh at first I thought was because of the jab but it was too long after, just coincidence. Am glad I took him, he was so poorly & miserable just from an ear infection, can't imagine if he got flu!
Good luck, Sam x

Kayla - posted on 01/28/2010

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We got it for our son in October when they first started giving it to the public. I think it's a personal choice though really! My son is not a healthy child (he has a heart defect) and he did great with it. No side effects and he didn't even get the normal fever he gets when he gets his other shots after it.

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