Holly - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
So, I was on another forum and saw that the H1N1 shot is supposed to be ready for all ages in the beginning of October. It is also coming up on flu season. So, I have a couple questions:
1. Are you going to get your kids the H1N1 shot? Why or why not?
2. Are you and your family getting the flu shot? Why or why not?
3. Do you agree with vaccinations? A lot of people that don't agree with the standard vaccinations for children also do not get the flu shot (any version). Are you one of those people? WHy or why not?
I ask these questions because I know a lot of people on both sides of the fence. I think it's interesting to hear different people's opinions and thoughts. I know this can be a "hot button" topic, so please be respectful of people's opinions. I just really think that hearing both sides of arguments can help in making important decisions.
Here are my answers:
1. No one in my family will be getting the H1N1 shot (at least we are not planning on it right now). I just do not think it has been tested enough to trust. Some medicines have implications years later and we would not even know with this new shot until years down the road. I am not willing to accept that risk with my family.
2. My hubby and our oldest daughter (7 yo) get the flu shot every year. I do not. I have an allergy to shellfish that actually causes me to have a very bad reaction to the flu shot. That is also the reason our youngest 2 daughters are not getting the shot until we get their tests done for allergies. I do not want either of my babies to have an allergic reaction when they are so young (23 months and 7 months).
3. I do agree with the vaccines, but to an extent. I do not think they need to be administered 3-4 at a time. My pediatrician and I have come up with a schedule that works for both of us that gets my kids all the vaccines, but in a longer time period.