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Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2010
Hi Angie, I work in the medical industry and have heard this question often. I have had my two year old vacinated and as for my 8 month old, I am going to have him tested for allergies first (like eggs, which is an element incorporated in all flu shots), then I most likely with get it for him. It is always a question of whether the benefits out weigh the risk. Being that our little ones are so little and extremely vulnerable because of their undeveloped immune system, it is much better to protect. The alternative would be disaterous, and is totally unnecessary. It is difficult to escape the media and the drama it creates. Remember the flu shot is developed to help the babies gain immunity to this unique strain, also they are given at 2 small doses (1 and then another 30 days later)
I hope this helps!
Gennifer - posted on 01/23/2010
no and I wont either check out other post you will find out my answer to this question dont panic over 356 people a year when 360,000 regular and 4000 of asthma my pulminary specialist doesnt recommend it neither does he know why the doctors are on board with this he was practicing when it came in 1976 and he said more people died of the vaccine than of having this virus!
Hope this helped you and many other moms with this question
Catherine - posted on 01/16/2010
Hi. I gave my son the H1N1 in November and he got the second booster this week. He is 8 months old now and he is fine. He didn't give any signs of the flu or get a low grade fever. Many people told me not to because it's experimental but the doctor told me it wouldn't hurt. So, I did. He's fine.
Michelle - posted on 01/16/2010
Its a gamble. They effect everyone differently. You dont know how it will effect them. Listen to your motherly instincts. I chose not to give it to any of my children. I did give them the regular flu shot and my 8 month old and 4 yr old have been sick for over a month but my 6 yr old has been fine. I will not ever give them the flu shot agian.
Erin - posted on 01/15/2010
My daughter was six months old when she received her first dose. Then I got a letter in the mail from public health stating that only one dose was needed. She was fine. She had no reactions to it. I am very glad I did it because my husband end up catching a mild case of h1n1 from work. I don't even want to think about what could have happened to her if I hadn't.
Erin - posted on 01/12/2010
My daughter had had both seasonal and swine flu shots, and both doses. She has had no reaction what so ever and I am so happy that we got them. I pretty much made her appointment the day she was six months old because I have been so worried about it. Before she had them I made sure to avoid places like malls and grocery stores and other crowded places because we all know that there's plenty of people out there that just don't care and will bring there sick kids (or selves) out and spread their germs. So many children and pregnant women died from swine flu and after looking at all the facts, to me it was just worth it.
Heather - posted on 01/12/2010
My 7 1/2 month old has had both doses and never had a reaction... except for the obvious crying when they administered the shot. My brother-in-law (who got his 3 kids the chicken-pox vaccine) said I was crazy to have done that b/c 'they don't know the affects it might have one day.' I told him that he had his kids vaccinated for the chicken pox, which is almost guaranteed not to really harm you... and that he was a hypocrit... b/c H1N1 has been known to take lives... I'd rather be safe than sorry with my baby!!
Marsha - posted on 01/11/2010
Meghan: I think you should either talk to your doctor, or get another one. There is no way your doctor should make you feel like a bad mother. You are right, they are to help us, and give us information so WE can make an informed decision about things in life.
My family doctor and I have a good understanding now. I am not one to take medications or do convential things - if things can be done naturally. An example, is at one point I had high grade dysplasia in my cervix. The gyno I went to see wanted to do a small surgery, which they called LEEP. They would surgically burn the 1cm by 1cm square of 'odd' cells out of my cervix. This could cause me to have a hard time carrying a baby. I looked into other methods of fixing this problem, and I went to a Herbalist. He made a herbal 'tea', in which I used, and voila... problem solved. I didn't have to have a piece of my cervix removed, even if it was small. And my pap tests have always come back fine ever since.
My doctor asked me once if I wanted the H1N1. I politely said no, and she didn't ask again. Same with vaccinating my children. I told her with my first, not until she is a year. And when I brought my second baby to her, she mentioned it... oh, you won't start vaccinating her till she is at least 1 right. Right.
With regards to the H1N1 - we just boosted our immune systems. We gave myself and my oldest a needle with homeopathic immune boosters. That way our own immune system could handle a viral invasion if we were exposed to the H1N1. No vaccines for us.
Thank you for your post. I enjoyed reading it. Good luck with your doctor in the future. But again, tell him/her that he/she is making your feel uncomfortable. And if you have to get a new one.
Meghan - posted on 01/10/2010
Marsha, Thank you for speaking up on the other side of the vaccine debate :o) I must say that i have gone round and round about this H1N1 thing for months! Since Isaac has been born. He is 8 1/2 months old and we have decided to not give him the H1N1 vaccine. I am still unsure about the regular flu vaccine. For now, he has had the childhood vaccines-which I am uneasy with also, but I vaccinated my oldest son and he is no 7 and is ok. I just do not feel comfortable shooting Isaac up with all that stuff at once. Every time I go to the doctor they ask me about it...and I tell them no or that I will think about it..and they hound me about it. I always leave the office feeling like a horrible parent for not giving him the flu shots! I used to love this office, but now I do not even want to go and I am thinking of changing doctors. I really do not appreciate being asked five or six times in one visit by the doctors and staff if and when I am giving him his shot. ???? since when do you become a bad parent b.c you decide not to shoot your child up with a vaccine?? This is just ridiculous. I can understand educating a parent, that is one thing. What they are doing to me is aweful...again i feel guilty and terrible when I leave. I understand the fear over the swine flu and the risk...but I feel that I am doing what is best for our children. My oldest son, never EVER go the flu shot as a baby! His first time was I believe four or fives years old! No one then every pushed me. I have done far too much research on both perspectives of the flu vaccines and I am choosing to not get them. That is my choice as a parent! I do not lecture people who choose to give their kids the shots...so why am i being hounded b.c i do not? It is very upsetting. We are a family that eats very healthy, we take our vitamins along with other immune support supplements when we get sick. I am adamant about washing hands...and my baby and I basically stay at home most days and i try not to take him out to public places if i can help it until the winter/flu season is passed. I just wish that doctors and nurses could leave it at educating patients, and not leave us feeling horrible like we are terrible parents and our kids are doomed to die b.c they are not vaccinated. *sigh* sorry, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I think it is a parents choice and i just wish my choice was accepted also.
Marsha - posted on 01/10/2010
I have to say I am a mother who does not vaccinate her children with the flu vaccine. I have a 3 year old, and a 8 month old. Vaccines are a very controversial subject, and we are on the side of not vacccinating for everything that there is a vaccine for.
Our opinion is our 8 month's old immune system is way to immature to introduce a vaccine to it. Mostly since the way our bodies are introduced to the virus thru vaccine is not the natural way we are introduced to vaccines in the natural environment (which is thru our nose, etc. in a lesser volume). We waited for our first as well, until she was 1 before we started to vaccinate. Just to give her immune system time to mature. To give a vaccine to a 3 month old, for us was much too early.
Again, this is our opinion... but I wanted to share this side of the vaccine debate.
And in Canada you DO NOT have to vaccinate your children. It is NOT the law. Just wanted to pass that one along too. :)
Ashley - posted on 01/10/2010
My daughter got the first dose.. i'm making her an appointment to get the second one. She got a little fever and runny nose for a couple days. She got a cold a few weeks after and now we think she is teething because she has a runny nose and drool, plus she isn't waking up so early in the morning.
My son got it at 6 months and my daughter as well, she's 3.5. my son has gotten the second dose already but my daughter is just due now. Neither had any side effects. I wasn't going to get them the shot until my husband and I both got H1N1 in early October. It was horrible. It came on very suddenly and hung on way longer than a normal flu. After that I figured they should get it since we were flying over Christmas. Two of my friends came down with it on xmas day and still are not fully recovered. Their whole family whom they had flown across the country to see also became sick. I guess it also depends if you have time to doctor your kids at home for several weeks or not.
My son got the first H1N1 shot last month at 6 months. No problems at all. The second shot he got last week at 7 months. No problems at all. I asked the doctor would he give it to his own children and he said he did because it isn't a live virus and it is 100% protective of the sickness. He also told me that he had 3 children die of it in his practice. I asked him about the flu shot. He said he himself would not give it to his children because you don't know for sure if you get a dose that is effective and it is a live virus. The last three years the dose wasn't any good that his office received so it isn't worth the side effects for his children. I agreed because my kids have never received the flu shot but you better believe the H1N1 shots are worth every bit of it. Not taking the chance of them dying. Good luck.
Christie - posted on 01/10/2010
I had my son get the H1N1 and seasonal flu shots when he went in to get his regular shots at six months. He has since received his second dose of both the H1N1 and seasonal flu without reaction. My son has an 11 yr old half brother that visits my house regularly and his mother does not believe in vaccines of any kind, no childhood vaccines! His father (the father of my son too) would never insist that his son get the shots because he's, well, a weak man. I stated clearly that in order for his son to visit our house, he must get his shots. That drug out over the course of my entire pregnancy and up until my son was almost 4 months old, with many fights over the issue, and then the older half brother finally got his childhood shots, but no H1N1, and then only because of a new law that required him to get them or he would be sent home from school until he did receive them. I would have had my son vaccinated anyway because his little immune system is too immature to have to try to fight off this mutant flu bug, but having one kid that is openly exposing him to a variety of things cinched the deal.
Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2010
I got my son the vac and the booster and he did great with it and he was 7 weeks preemie! my friend gave it to her daughter too, she got sick and she thought it was from the vac turns out she just had a cold lol. I would rather have my son have a little fever from the vac than get the swine flu since he was so early I think it wouold kill him! Good luck on making your choice I would ask your dr. what they think they would know what the risks are
Melanie - posted on 01/09/2010
Hi Angie, I understand your concerns about the H1N1 Flu shot vaccine. I did give it to my 6 m old, and he has no side effects. It took me about 3 weeks to decide after I have done my research. And I also had a heart to heart with my Dr. and told him all the pro's and con's about the vaccine and he also gave the vaccine to his daughter which was 9 m old. It is all what you believe is right for your child, and only you can make the right decision.. good luck :)
Jennifer - posted on 01/08/2010
I have twins and both of my children got the seasonal flu and H1N1 shot at 6 and 7 months. No side effects, no fevers, nothing. My son had open heart surgery at the end of October for a congential heart defect and I couldn't risk him contracting H1N1 or the flu
Michelle - posted on 01/08/2010
I was worried about giving it to my daughter as well but I am sooo thankful that I did because my husband came down with H1N1 and she did not get sick! She just got her booster shot of it alittle over a week before he got sick and I again can't stress how happy I am that we gave it to her. It's a very personal choice to give or not to give your child vaccines. Good luck...hope this helped!
Desiree - posted on 01/08/2010
*Agi: when he starts school its a requirement to enter kindergarten and every year after that, depending on where you live. As for my son And daughter I wanted to. Ive had it also. My son was Born 2 months preemie and has heart and breathing problems, (hes on a heart and apnea monitor, hes 7months now) and my daughter whos 7 Has asthma. Im debating weather to get my other school attending children it to because in their school have been outbreaks of that strain of flu, so that they dont pass it onto the baby. They have had no reactions thank god. But you have to understand that all immunizations are a mutated form one way or another. Dont let that hinder your decision to get him vaccinated. It can potentially save your childs life.
Michelle - posted on 01/07/2010
My baby got the flu shot and the H1N1 when he turned 6 months and again at 7 months. He had no reactions. We did fly over the holidays and he did not get sick. We were even stuck next to someone who was really sick and had a horrible cough. Thank fully we managed to avoid any illnesses!
LaPrecious - posted on 01/07/2010
My son will be 8 months on the 12th and he has had the 1st and 2nd dose and is just fine. But....I did tell his pediatrician if she killed my baby she was going to be the surrogate mother for the next one :) But seriously I was very nervous, but I think that if thre is always a consierable amount of risk with giving an infant any medication the is "suppose" to be safe. And if the risk is the possiblity of me saving my sons life or preventing serious illness, then its a risk that must be considered. Hope this helps.
Agi - posted on 01/07/2010
I chose not to give it to my son. It's just a mutation of the flu virus and if he gets it, he's that much more immune to it than anyone else. I just feel that flu shots are a bit pointless and I'm not going to put my son through that if he doesn't have to. :)
Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2010
I wanted to make people aware that most areas have clinics where the H1N1 is free. Our area is call Southwest or Central District Health. They have been holding clinics every weekend at a local location like Garts Sports for all those care takers and children. It is FREE. So if you don't have insurance it is worth it to call a doctor or a pharmacy and ask it they know of a similar clinic. Another option is to call your local news channel and ask them. Many pharmacies like Walgreens offer it without insurance but it can be $25+ or -. It is sooooo very important to get the second half of the shot otherwise the effort is a waste. They need the second dose to truely gain strength in their immune system against these flu strains.
Heather - posted on 01/06/2010
We chose to give it to our 6 month old and she did fine. No reactions at all. She hasn't gotten the 2nd dose yet, drs. office might not have another supply. Doc said with first shot they are about 80% immune. She also got the regular flu shot at the same time.
Heather - posted on 01/05/2010
I had my 7 month old (just over 6 months old when she got it) vaccinated with the first dose before leaving for a trip. I haven't gone back to do the 2nd dose. She just got her 2nd dose for the regular flu shot today. I figured she was good to go. Plus each one costs money, not covered by insurance, so it's getting expensive (when there's another child involved too).
Ami - posted on 01/05/2010
My daughter received the first dose of H1N1 as well. She didn't have any reactions. We were supposed to get her the second dose yesterday, but the doctor's office didn't have a supply. The nurse said that my daughter can still get it later when it does come in. It just means that right now she isn't 100% protected. But in reality, even as an adult, I can still get the flu even if I got the flu shot. So we just wait until more doses arrive.
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