Swine flu vaccination or not?

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I am trying to decide whether to get the swine flu vaccination for my family. I have 2 kids under 5, both at day care some of the week and I don't know if I should get it or not. There is so much info out there either for it or against it and I just don't know what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if you know of any reactions to it. Thanks.

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Tara - posted on 05/09/2011

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I know this is old, but wanted to post anyway :) We don't get our children the regular flu shot or the H1N1 shot. We don't feel either are needed (we get them all the normal shots though). Our daughter ended up getting the H1N1 virus (she was 5 at that time I believe), but it, honestly, wasn't any different than the normal flu. Now, I'm sure if your immune system is already compromised, then yes, it probably could be much worse, but it was really just a bad flu. She had to be out of school for a week (school policy for that one), but that was it.

Claire - posted on 05/04/2010

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our eldest son has slight cerebral palsy and our youn gest son has slight developmental delay so we thought it best to give our sons the swine flu vaccination as the doctors were doing them at the surgery and both of them haven't had any side effects from the injections

Renee - posted on 03/15/2010

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I have never given my daughter a flu shot but my doctor convinced me to get her one at the begining of the epademic. of course then everyone was sold out. I took it as a sign because by the time they had it again we didn't have the money to get one. We did not get one and I have a few friends who didn't either. we are all healthy so far! Im not worried about it either. Why stress you could get it either way or not at all who's to know

Jaime - posted on 03/09/2010

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I was sitting on the fence with this one too! But last October my 4 year old got pretty sick, at the time I thought it was related to her asthma/bronchitis but after a long wait in Emerg we ended up on the tamiflu which is the antidote for H1N1. Once she was better I decided to get all 3 of my girls vaccinated to be on the safe side. I had to get the vaccine myself as I am a nurse.

I don't think you will find a straight answer, I just thought I would better off being safe than sorry! Luckly we didn't have any reactions other than a very sore arm!!

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