h1n1 vaccines for autistic children?????

Cricket - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i wanted to know other "mothers of autistic childre"s opinion on this subject......

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Martha - posted on 10/31/2009

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My daughter's school is planning on giving any child who wants one a free vaccine. I too was concerned since she is autistic. I asked my pediatrician and she told me there was absolutely no need for her to get it. I was concerned that if it is a live culture they're injecting, would she be more at risk since she wouldn't be getting it and she told me not at all. I am very wary of vaccines in general, especially since they are giving so many of them at one time. My pediatrician said that her being autistic would not be an issue regarding any vaccine anyway. Hope this helped : )

Michelle - posted on 10/31/2009

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Hi. I don't know enough yet to decide. My kids both get the mercury free flu vaccine and I am not sure if h1n1 is available without. Whether mercury is a causal factor in autism or not, you still cannot convince me it is safe to intentionally inject neurotoxins into my kids.

Debi - posted on 10/30/2009

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Quoting barbara:

My 5 year old already got H1n1 so he will not be vacinnated but my other 4 children will be. They have already been exposed to h1n1 by my 5 yr old and i cant risk all 5 kids getting sick. My 4 yr old who is not autisitic like my 5 yr old was in the hospital for the flu last year and it was a nightmare.



You may want to consider giving the H1n1 vaccine to your 5 year old anyway.  Reading information about this from the RI Department of Health......Although he already got it this time around, there's usually a second round come spring.  And, like the regular flu, it can mutate so he won't necessarily be immune to it.  Just something to consider.....you know your children and your situation the best.  I think my daughter has H1N1 right now...I'm hoping she's better by next week to get her vaccine at her school based clinic.



 



I am definitely giving my 4 year old son, who is PDD-NOS/Aspergers, the H1N1 mist.  Even trying to get him to use a nebulizer for a common cold that turned slightly respiratory was a challenge.  Thank goodness for those quick ear thermometers......only way to get a temperature reading (if I'm lucky).  And medicine.....I have to mix just the right amount of medicine with water and the same color gatorade (as the medicine) and put it in one of his regular cups...and then hope I can get him to drink it!  He doesn't understand what getting sick really means.  When we told him yesterday that his sister wasn't going to school because she was sick, his reply was that it would be his turn next.  Same thing happens when she gets a time-out....he thinks it's his turn next.  He doesn't understand these conceptual things.  'Knock on wood' he has been generally healthy.  I get slightly anxious even thinking about him having to be hospitalized!

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Chantelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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If you feel like it is the right thing to do for your child then go ahead and do it. I believe just follow your gutt instinct. I personally won't be getting this particular injection for my 3 children because I don't think it is really necessary at this point, I thought I'd rather wait for more information on it etc... At the end of the day, there are adverse side effects to many things we are exposed to in our lives from people who are allergic to peanuts, fish, or cosmetics such as hair colours and so on and so on. Heaps of stuff! If you are worried about a severe reaction maybe skip it until you have all the information you need and then decide. We don't ever know who is going to react, it's just a risk factor really.

Michelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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Unexplained hair loss is a symptom of mercury poisoning as well. Again, I'm quite convinced it's the mercury in which the vaccine is preserved that is causing problems for our autistic kids -- possibly even causing autism in susceptible individuals. Individuals vary in their sensitivity to mercury. Request that your child receive MERCURY-FREE vaccines.

Renee - posted on 11/01/2009

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I chose not to. Autistic children are more likely to have adverse reactions to vaccines. There is also still much controversy regarding the long term effects of this vaccine as it has not been tested on for reactions with Autistic children. My son had the Hepatitis B vaccine and ended up with an uncommon reaction of losing all his hair - apparently this reaction was only recently discovered to affect Autistic children at a higher percentage than children with no disability. There are herbal products you can buy to boost your child's immune system which have no adverse effects. My son is 18 and I have been using herbal products for 8 years and he gets very mild colds but has not been on Antibiotics for 7 years now.

Heather - posted on 10/31/2009

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My son is 16 and has ADHD and Aspergers. His high school is offering the HN1 nasal mist and I have signed him up to get it. I have also had a talk with him about any side effects to watch for and to let the teacher/nurse/and adult know if he is feeling particularly bad. (just in case). I'm going to keep tabs on him by phone from work and his in home support will be there for him as well to watch for any warning signs. Yes I sound a bit paranoid, but he and I have really good immune systems and we've never had a flu shot before, so I don't know what to expect and am trying to cover all the bases - just in case.

Barbara - posted on 10/31/2009

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Hey thanks Debi ill get a second opinion from another doctor. I say on the show the doctors on NBC that why i asked my kids doctor abt and she said because he had a confirmed case it wasnt ness but a second opinion never hurt anyone. THANKS

Sheila - posted on 10/30/2009

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We had our children vaccinated. We do not do the yearly flu shot. This shot is specific to the H1N1 virus, where the other flu shots are for the "typical flu." There are very scary videos of people having reactions to vaccines, but what scared me was the child who made the news here. 13 years old. Healthy Friday, gone Monday. PArents had him to a clinic on Sunday and was sent home. Father said it was like lightning striking, that's how fast he deteriorated on Monday morning. That, for me, is what is frightening. It is such a personal choice, and there are worst case scenarios on both sides. I can't wait for May!

Barbara - posted on 10/30/2009

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My 5 year old already got H1n1 so he will not be vacinnated but my other 4 children will be. They have already been exposed to h1n1 by my 5 yr old and i cant risk all 5 kids getting sick. My 4 yr old who is not autisitic like my 5 yr old was in the hospital for the flu last year and it was a nightmare.

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2009

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I would suggest that you go to youtube and watch the different videos about the vaccines. After that I chose not to vacccinate my kids. I understand that us as mother's don't want our kids to get sick, but there are also benefits to it as well. If your child didn't get sick then he or she would not build immunities to fight disease. Think about is your child going to get a flu shot every year of thier life?

Agatha - posted on 10/30/2009

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I won't be vaccinating my son. It was a hard discussion to make but after reading and researching it's the right choice for us. If I was to vaccinate I would choose the mist which does not have thermisol.

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