H1N1 - are you getting the vaccine for your asthmatic child??

Kristin - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I would just like to talk to some other mom's out there who asthmatic children and see what everyone thinks about getting them the H1N1 vaccine. We are scheduled to get my 71/2 year old son his vaccine on Thursday. I am still on the fence about getting it for him, but then i hear stories about kids with asthma whom this virus is putting in the hospital on respirators and/or dying!! Let me hear your thoughts.

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Kara - posted on 05/17/2010

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I know I am posting way late on this topic but just got on this group and had to let all you moms know that got your children the vaccine, you did the right thing!! My 1 year old that has asthma got H1N1 right before the vaccines came out! He was very sick from it and got so bad that the infection attacked his pancreas and now not only do I have a 1 year old with asthma but now we are dealing with his diabetes!!

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My 12 year old son got his, no side effects...nothing at all. I was very worried too but was told by our pulmonary doctor it would be fine...he was right!

Courtney - posted on 02/24/2010

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Both of my children have asthma and both have had H1N1. In my children it showed up as what I would explain as a really bad drawn out flu. They both came out of it o.k. and I am still honestly glad I did not get the vaccine. With a flu vaccine their is still the risk of them contracting the virus because they can never be 100 percent accurate with the specific strand. I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to vaccines, especially new ones.

Karen - posted on 02/03/2010

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my daughter had her vaccine last week apart from one day of flu like symptons she has been fine she suffers very bad with her asthma but she has done quite well this winter as well so was worried i was going trigger an attack off but luckly it didnt i would on my experience advise parents to go ahead and have it done.

Katie - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son has mild-severe asthma and getting sick is his major trigger. Once his asthma starts up his illness does not go away for weeks, its like a circle of problems. Being that h1n1 has many respiratory symptoms associated with it, my son got the vaccine. I dont even want to imagine what would happen if he got h1n1 :( He has been doing great this winter though. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 01/20/2010

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i feel the same i have got to get my 4 year old daugter done because she suffers with asthma as well but i just dont think the vaccine has been trield long enough we do not know the long team effects its going to have on our children say 10 to 20 years down the line but on the other hand i would never live with myself if she caught it and died so have come to the conclusion that she can have it and if there is ant bad side effects further down the line we can deal with it because at least she will still be here

Katy - posted on 01/15/2010

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Any Dr's office will not allow a child with asthma, or other similar illnesses, to receive the mist, only the shot, due to the mist being the live virus - as has been stated. My daughter has received her seasonal flu shot, our whole family has. However, we will not be getting the H1N1 vaccine until there is more information available.
My 11yo got the swine flu in Oct, exposing our whole family. This was before the H1N1 vaccine was even available in our area. Our daughter, who has asthma, was exposed & started to develop symptoms. She was started on Tami-flu immediately & was fine within 2 days. Since we caught it quick enough & did not ignore her symptoms she got over the virus quickly. I do know of children who have gotten the vaccine & STILL got the swine flu.
To each family your own - but our family will not be participating until we know more info about the vaccine.

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2010

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get the shot, it's not the live virus. Our children will be able to handle it. specially handle it better then getting the virus it's self. the mist in the nose is the live virus and probably would not be a good choice. moms that don't give their kids the flu shots contribute to our own kids getting sick. Please vaccinate our children

Katy - posted on 01/09/2010

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Although my children got the regular seasonal flu shot, we decided not to get them the H1N1 shot as there is just not enough information about the vaccine. My aunt, who is a pediatrician, did not get the shot for her children for the same reasons. She was not comfortable with the small number of studies done on the vaccine. Neither am I.
My 8yo has asthma & the packets the schools sent home regarding the vaccine said that children with asthma & some other health issues should not get the vaccine through the school. That was because the school's were only administering the nasal vaccine, not the shot. I'm still not comfortable with the vaccine yet, we'll see what studies & statistics are saying around this time next year . . .

Kate - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son has had the H1N1 vaccine and he did great with absolutely no side effects. I know his asthma gets bad when he gets a cold (every cold goes straight to his chest) so I didn't want to see what would happen if he got swine flu. I've been in close contact with a few people at work who had swine flu so I knew the risk of my son getting it was high. He's going in for his booster this Saturday.

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2009

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I got it for myself and both sons when our doctor called us personally and told me there was several people in the hospital with it from our town and he want us to come get it. My husband did not get the vac as he is allergic to the preservatives used in vaccines

Charlene - posted on 11/22/2009

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hi my 5 yr old has asthma and i refused the vac purely on the grounds of there is not enough information and research to support how safe it is. she was offered it with her seansonal flu jab but the nurse refused to do it the first time because 2 jabs in 1 day is too much for a young child. After reading the leaflet i was provided with, it did not answer my questions or could the nurse. So until my questions are answered by a health proffesional or there is more research into it my lil girl will not be getting the jab or will i seems i also got to have it for my job.

Melissa - posted on 11/18/2009

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I have a 4 year old daughter and I took her to get the nasal H1N1, but they wouldn't give it to her because she has asthma. Her DR. told me they she would be alright if she had the shot. She was just diagnosed with asthma, but only needs breathing treatments when she gets a cold. I'm going to take her to get the shot, but I will have to take her to the health department.

Chaunda - posted on 11/18/2009

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Hello, I got the H1N1 vaccine for my kids a few weeks ago and they are doing fine, NO Side affects.

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

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Hi. I have a 2 year old son with asmtha. I did get im the h1n1 vaccine. He did very well with it, i had no problems with any side effects at all. He has already been to the hospital 3 times within the last month for his asmtha, so in my opinion i wanted the vaccine for him. Good luck with everything.

Josephine - posted on 11/11/2009

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hi my three year old has chronic asthma and before the vaccine was available he had come down with the H1N1 flu which knocked him back big time he had feirce problems with his breating and his oxygen dropped dramaticly and he also found it extrmly hard to shift the flu! he recived his vaccine last week and has some side affects but anything rather than see him as sick as he was with the flu so i would reccomend it but at the end of the day its everyone to there own

Jaime - posted on 11/02/2009

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News came from our health unit that children under 10 only need 1 dose now????

Kristin - posted on 11/02/2009

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Patricia - I heard that the reason they have to get it done twice is because they only give it in half doses for under ten. This way it is more efective. So they get two half doses.

Patricia - posted on 11/01/2009

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hi all i got my h1n1 vac thursday and i got no side effects and that i had no side effects im going to get my son done as he is in and out of hospital with asthma and i dont want to take the risk of him getting it and being worse then what he is with the asthma it think it better to be safe then sorry. The only thing is that if the child is under 10 years of age they have to be redone for same unnone reason.

Jaime - posted on 11/01/2009

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After last week I am definately looking into it for my daughter. We had a trip to emerg last week, ended up going home on Pedi-pred and tamiflu. We were told my daughter didn't have H1N1 but we should use the tamiflu as a precaution.

I had been sitting on the fence until this happened, I didn't want to give my chiuldren another vacine if they didn't really need it. I am not a flu shot believer either. How do we know for certain this vaccine is going to be 100% effective against the H1N1 flu??

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2009

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I have gone back and forth with this so many times as well. Until my friend asked me..."What would you do if one of your boys gets the H1N1 flu and does end up in the hospital and you didn't get the vaccine." and that pretty much made up my mind to get it for all us. But we can't find it here....even though I have 2 sons withasthma that is really flaring up and a 2 1/2 month old that already had RSV and has had 2 weeks of neb treatments as well.

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