Swine Flu Vaccine

Iysha - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Swine Flu is a strain of the common flu. The virus that causes the common flu in people and a virus that came form birds got to pigs and transformed in the pig. It can be transferred to humans because it shares DNA with our common flu. I was hearing on tv that the Swine Flu is predicted to come back this Fall and hit harder than when it appeared in the Spring. There will be a vaccine offered to help prevent people from getting sick with the virus. The Swine Flu hits young children and young adults the hardest. People that are encouraged to get the vaccine are people 6 months - 24 years old. I know that there are concerns by many people on whether or not to get the vaccine because of the fear that it is a new vaccine but many people have died from this virus.



Would you or wouldn't you get the vaccine yourself? Will your children? Why or why not?

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Shayna - posted on 10/23/2009

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Be carefull where you get your information from, because USA is using a different vaccine than Canada is. The states statistics are alot different than Canada's.



For example: The states use a unadjuvanted vaccine for H1N1, where as Canada is using a adjuvanted vaccine. The unadjuvanted vaccine contains 50 ug of thimerosal

(form of mercury), where as the adjuvanted vaccine contains 5 ug of it. A can of tuna and many other foods contain WAY more mercury then these 2 doses alone!



An adjuvanted vaccine is a vaccine that includes a substance that boosts an individual's immune system and increases their response to a vaccine.

A unadjuvanted vaccine has no “booster” element, so there for a unadjuvanted vaccine requires more doses because it does not work as well.



Adjuvants are NOT new. They have been used for several decades to boost immune response to vaccines. Many of the commonly used vaccines in Canada contain an adjuvant. Canada’s H1N1 flu vaccine is made up of natural ingredients such as water, squalene oil and vitamin E.



Canada's vaccine had be tested in 45,000 people around the world and has been evaluated by Health Canada and other regulatory authorities as part of the review of the H5N1 vaccine in the pre-pandemic period. No significant safety concerns regarding the use of the adjuvanted vaccine were detected.



The only people they have concern about is pregnant women. They recommend that pregnant women should get the unadjuvanted vaccine over the adjuvanted one, only because they are the group of people who they have not tested the vaccine the least with.



Needless to say this is a very tuff decision to make, especially when we all have Children to think about.

User - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son had his flu shot this year, i decided to take a gamble and see how it affected him, as i've had the worst flu of my life everytime i've had a flu shot. He however, was absolutely fine, he's 14 months now and has never been sick, not even a sniffle. I actually had swine flu, and he didn't even get it.

Swine flu is just like any other flu, it's just a different strain. I was sick as a dog for a week, but this is the same with any flu. It's only a serious threat if your immune system is already down due to other illnesses or respiratory problems you already have. So if your child is sick or has asthma, its probably a good idea to get them vaccinated, otherwise its up to you. Chances are your doctor will talk you about it anyway.

Also if your child does get sick and you're offered something called Tamiflu, don't give it to them. It can cause some horrible side effects in some children and only reduces symptoms by 24 hours. Much better to stick to lots of fluids and childrens panadol.

Brandy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I actually talked to my doc yesterday about both flu shots, because I am thinking of going back to school and he will have to go to daycare. He told me to wait a couple of weeks after the vaccine comes out to see what side affects there are if any, he told me when he first started practicing I think when Roosevelt was Pres. (our doc is an older guy) and they had a flu going around everyone lined up for the shot and had really bad side affects. But he did suggest that we get both the shots. And we also wash hands and that sort of stuff too. We don't have it in our close area yet but he said if it gets here just don't take out in public much.

Leah - posted on 09/17/2009

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I'm still really unsure about this. I have had the flu vaccination once in my life, and thats the only year I got the flu really badly.

I want my daughter to be protected but I'm so scared that since the vaccine is so new, no one knows what the long term side effects are.

I am all for vaccinations and my daughter has had all hers on time. But this still scares me a little. I'm going to have to talk to my nurse and pediatrician to see what they say

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2009

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My family is not getting the vaccination. We do not usually get the common flu vaccination either. It may save us a few days of feeling terriable and missing work/school, but we don't know what long term affects there are, if any. The Swine Flu has been around for many decades we just did not "know" about it until last year when it became an outbreak in Mexico. Many people probably already had the swine flu in past years and just throught it was the "common flu". I think if you just do your normal daily care (cover your mouth with your arm when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands, keeping your self and your home clean, etc.) then you can ward off some illnesses.

Toni - posted on 09/16/2009

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I live in London, Canada, Our community health unit sent out a letter saying that they are 2 different strains of virus, the normal flu vaccine hasnt been altered to protect against the new h1n1 but that the new vaccine is still being tested, and that they have not yet designated the greatest risk groups or long term effects of this new vaccine. Based on that information I will not get this new vaccine, but will definitly get the normal flu vaccine to protect my baby from being infected through me. I will just be diligent in sanitizing and hand washing to protect from all strains.. hopefully we wont have to worry about it!

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2009

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My doctor said its no worse than the common flu and the vaccine can be quite dangerous and even cause nerve damage...apparently they dont know what the long term bad effects may be

Becki - posted on 09/16/2009

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I get a regular flu shot every year as well as the pneumonia shot. So, I am for getting this shot as well. Although I am not in the age range you specified, I'm an older mom (43), my daughter just turned 7 months and she is the only child I have. Because of all my losses in the past I want her to be vacinated as well. Any loss of a child is devistating, but I'm not sure it is something I could deal with if I could've prevented it in some way.

Ashley - posted on 09/16/2009

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i spoke to my dr about it last week. he said as of right now he will not give it to my children. he said there is a rumour right now that there is mercury in the vaccine. he said he wont inject his own children with mercury and he will not inject mine. we both decided that we will wait til the vaccine comes and see what is in it and we will also see how bad the flu is then go from there. there is not enough information on it for me. back when they made the vaccine it killed more ppl than the actuall flu did. i wont be taking any chances with my children

Sara - posted on 09/16/2009

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I'm not in the high risk category, so I won't be getting it probably. However, I do plan to discuss if very seriously with my pediatrician at my daughter's next appointment. I plan on getting her the regular flu vaccine, and I'm leaning towards getting her the H1N1 vaccine as well.



Everytime this strain goes around the globe, it mutates and gathers strength. The Spanish flu epidemic in 1918-19 traveled around the globe 4 times I believe, and it because incredibly deadly. I do think this is something people should take very seriously.

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