H1N1- is the vaccine really safe?
Erin - posted on 11/15/2009
I am not getting my kids vaccinated. Part of it is because my mom has Multiple Sclerosis and her neurologist asked her if she ever had a flu shot because the flu shots can cause neurological disorders, like MS. She did research and now we do not, usually, give our children the flu shot
Ashley - posted on 11/14/2009
i got myself, partner and son done. we have a 4 month old who cant have it so we are high priority because of that. my 18 month old had asthma and we werent about to take any chances. the amount of mercury in the vaccine is less then a can of tuna. it's not just people with medical conditions dying. there's been a few healthy young women dying from it. in ontario a 13 yr old boy, a 2 month old baby , and an 11 yr old girl died...all three DIDNT have medical conditions. i watched my son almost die from meningitis as a 2 wk old baby and had to spend 2 months in CHEO fighting for his life. i most def am not taking any chances and feel a lot safer having him done
Renee - posted on 11/06/2009
My husband works in the ER at our local hospital and has been exposed to the flu virus numerous times!! He has yet to get sick and neither have my son nor I. I am currently pregnant as well and my OB is pusing for me to get the flu shot. I cannot get it because I am allergic to it, and my ped doesn't want to risk my son having the same allergy as I do to the shot. My husband is refusing to get the flu/H1N1 shot as well. The flu shot itself protects against certain strains of the flu not all of them. It is what the CDC thinks will hit for that particular year. I don't trust that the H1N1 flu shot is very safe due to the bad past history of that shot (from the 70's). Only people really getting any "bad" issues with it are those with underlying issues to begin with...asthma, cancer, cardiac issues, and other immue disorders. Where I live they are not even testing for the H1N1 virus and just telling people that have the more "sever" symptoms that is what they have instead of just the flu. One person's "bad" aches and pains could be my moderate aches and pains...
Chey - posted on 11/04/2009
Well- to update my post-
The vaccine isn't even available in my town yet, and my son now has the virus. Honestly- it's been no big deal. His fever hasn't gone over 102, and for the most part stays around 100. He's whiny, but not more so than any other time he has had a cold or ear infection. And after 2 days, his fever broke today. They put us both on Tamiflu, and we're doing just fine.
Stacy - posted on 11/04/2009
Just like almost everyone else said, be extremely informed about what you want to do. Don't just rush into getting the H1N1 shot just because your DR said so or pushes it. There are always going to be pros and cons regarding any kind of vaccination. Personally, I refuse to get the Flu shots or the H1N1 shots for my 18 month old son, my husband or myself. I work on an ambulance. I know I have been exposed to it. I know I have brought that exposure home to them. We are all just fine. A few sniffles and low grade fevers (which I'm going to experience with teething anyway) nothing epic going on here. I know people who have had it, who were sick, who got better, who are fine now. With proper hygiene and a little common sense, you don't have as much to worry about. No kisses on the lips, good hand-washing, covering mouths for sneezes and coughs...you'll be fine. It's the flu. Granted, people have died from this flu. People die from the seasonal flu. People die from TB, Asthma, chicken pox, Pneumonia, cuts on their fingers, car accidents, falling from the sky from a plane, etc. The list will go on. You never hear such dramatic panic like you do about H1N1. People are going to get sick from it....it happens. But because the Gov't has a miracle vaccination already, the world needs it now. Where are the studies that show this shot won't cause problems 5 or 10 years from now? Where are the people they tested it on a year or 2 ago that are fine? Where is all the information that says that this is not going to kill you in the long run or cut your life short?? I'm sorry, but until there is a vaccination for some of the other more fatal things that people can come in contact with, I'm not doing it. Personal opinions here though....
Alison - posted on 11/04/2009
I've been reading a lot on the subject and it definitely seems like the lesser of two evils. The mercury levels in the vaccine are VERY low AND easily eliminated from your body. This is a false argument that has been disproven over and over again.
There are some risks related to the vaccine, but it seems your child (under 5) has a greater risk of dying from the flu than from the vaccine.
Alyssa - posted on 11/04/2009
My husband and I got our seasonal flu vaccines, and aren't eligible for the H1N1.
My 18mo old son WILL get his though!!
The site above (CDC) talks about who should NOT get the vaccine, and answers a plethora of other questions about the safety of this vaccine.
Be safe and healthy this season!
Melaina - posted on 11/03/2009
I'm definitely getting it for myself (4 months pregnant) and my 18 month old son. We are both asthmatic and any flu can become very dangerous for us. I also totally disagree with the statements about there not being enough research about this vaccine; it is not a new kind of vaccine, it is the exact
same thing that has been being used for years and years. The only difference in the strain of virus it covers. I have spoken to my doctor about this twice, and had my aunt (who is also a doctor) do some addition research into it for me, as well as doing extensive reading about it on my own, and I'm convinced that it's safe. I think a lot of the concerns about it are simply not justified. That said, it is totally a personal choice. Just make sure you ask yourself the question: Should your child become seriously ill from the flu, and, God forbid, possibly die, would you still be satisfied that you did everything you could? I know for me the answer is that I would only know I did everything I could if I do vaccinate my family.
Chey - posted on 11/03/2009
We're not getting it for myself (I'm 6months pregnant) or my son or husband. My husband isn't supposed to have seasonal flu shots because he has a very bad reaction to them, and I've never had one. We usually get our son his seasonal flu shot, and he's due for it next week I think. However I'm not at all comfortable with the H1N1 vaccine. They don't know enough about it yet. And the H1N1 vaccine they gave out in the 70's actually killed more people than the flu itself did. I know several people first hand who have had this bug, and it's thankfully been no worse than any other flu from any other year. So we're taking all the safety precautions not to get it with handwashing, staying away from sick people, and eating lots of fruits and veggies. My 18 month old even knows to cover his mouth when he coughs, which is too cute. However, I know this is our opinion and our choice, and I don't blame others who choose to vaccinate. Do what you feel comfortable with and don't let anyone pressure you. Good luck, and I hope you stay healthy!
Angie - posted on 10/28/2009
I am getting it for my daughter tomorrow. We just had 2 other people in my household get diagnosed w/ the H1N1. So I am going to get her the vaccine, It will be much better than her actually getting the H1N1, thats 10 times more dangerous than the vaccine
Diana - posted on 10/27/2009
My whole family is getting both the flu and the H1N1 shots. In the last 3 weeks, three children have died in my province, Ontario, Canada from the H1N1 flu. The latest being a 13 year old boy at a hockey tournament this weekend. Two other children, his teammates are now in quarantine and the whole hockey team is on alert for symptoms. I cannot imagine what that boys parents are going through right now. I would much rather risk side effects over death. My daughter is at an increased risk because she was an extreme premature baby, born at 25 weeks and she fought for her life for 3 months in the hospital. I have already spent a day in the hospital with her, two weeks ago, because she caught a cold from children whose parents were too selfish to keep them home from the play center that we attended, putting every other child in the play center at risk. I had noticed halfway through that the two babes had runny noses and left, however Tanaea caught the cold 24 hours later and was in the hospital 72 hours later because her upper airway had begun closing in as a result of croupe brought on by the cold. I cannot control what my 16 year old will pick up from school aside from my constant mantra, wash your hands, stay away from anyone sick, don't forget your anti-bacterial hand cleanser, so for those reasons I have made the decision to vaccinate the whole family. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. Cheers Lindsay!
Heather - posted on 10/25/2009
I was feeling a bit confused about what to do for my son Aidan, who is 16 months. I talked to my ped and she told me that the benefit out ways the risk. Her son is getting both and he is a few months younger then Aidan. After she told me that she has seen 5 cases of pnemonia in the last two weeks I decided to get Aidan both. He got the seasonal shot last week and is due to get the H1N1 in about 2 weeks when they get it in. I'm still alittle freaked out about it but I feel alot better then I did before.
Cheryl - posted on 10/24/2009
Is it safe? It all depends on who you ask and where you get your news?
Me personally, we don't vaccinate at all. Specifically for the flu- it still contains thimerisol (the mercury derivided). And I don't think it's accurate enough protection- it's a guestimate from last year's flu strain. I've heard second hand through friend's and relative's all over that the H1N1 in their area is very mild, kids are recovering fine. Now I know everybody is different and everybody reacts differently- that's where you need to make that judgement call for youself. But please don't base it on media hype and doctor's pressure.
We did a little personal study a few years back: My husband was in dental school and had all his clinics and patients. I worked in the hospital- not with direct patient care but the air is not that great, let me tell you! We went four years (99, 00, 01 and 02) He did not get the shot, I did get the flu shot. All four years, neither one of us caught the flu. We keep ourselves healthy with lots of veggies and fruits, supplements, and herbs. Now, with kids, we do the same. We get colds and fevers, i think we've had a few upset stomachs and diaheras but I can't think of any times the kids have had the full blown, living in the bathroom flu (Although my husband and I have a few)
Also, use common sense. If you know alot of people in your area have it, don't take your kids out very much. Don't take them grocery shopping, go later at night when they're in bed. DOn't take them to the play area at BK or McDonalds.
If they are in daycare or preschool- volunteer to help sanitize once a week!
There are lots of way to not get sick
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