Advice about H1N1 vaccine

Christina - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is seven and has child hood asthma. She has only had a few asthma attacks, but does have a lot of complications to the common cold. I was so against this H1N1 vaccine until my 14yr old nephew came down w/it. He is so very sick, and he does not have any underlying health issues.. It is hard for him to breathe and he has severe chest pain. He is on medicine for the pain, and was in the hospital for breathing treatments. He is now at home with an inhaler, but still very sick. This has made me question my decision, and make me wonder "Should I have my daughter get the H1N1 vaccine?" I really am torn about this b/c all the research I do just makes me more confused. Everything is so contradicting. Some docs say yes get it, and some say no. My daughters doc did say yes, but who do you listen to... I am so afraid if I take her in to get this shot that something far worse that the flu can happen to her... But then I think If i don't get the shot she could come down w/this flu and be suffering like my nephew or even worse. I realize this is my decision, but I would greatly appreciate some advice..

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Ashley - posted on 12/28/2010

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My daughter is 2 years old, when she was 20 months she woke up and could not breath, her chest was going up and down hard and fast. I rushed her to the ER and she was admitted and was put on breathing treatments. My daughter didnt get very many colds, however I was the same way I didnt want my child to get the H1N1 shot however after seeing my child fight to breath I decided to have her get the shot, because now that she has asthma it is easyer for her to get a cold and when she gets sick it always attacks her lungs.

Tracy - posted on 10/19/2010

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My son did not get one last year because he allergic to eggs and because of his allergy medicine he cannot currently take live vaccines. I also believe that he is already immune to it based on the research done by doctors. Mothers in my family since at least the time of my great great great grandmother have always breast fed their kids. I am assuming that since the doctors told the older generation they didn't need because most of them already had the antibodies from the flu they had after WWI. I am also told that antibodies are passed through to children when mother's breastfeed. Wouldn't that then mean those antibodies are passed along as well from generation to generation?

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2010

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With 3 asthmatic in our house my doctor did not really give us a choice he said it was a nessesary vaccine. My husband did not get it thou b/c he is allergic to the preservatives in vaccines.

Heidi - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son has asthma and we had the H1N1 flu in the house....I quarentined him in my room for 10 days until it was fully gone. I did not give him the shot for it. He is fine and we will deal with it if it flairs up again.

MELINDA - posted on 01/04/2010

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i have a 1 year old with asthma and she received the h1n1 vaccine at 9 months and it was horrible she had a fever for 2weeks of 102.8

Cathy - posted on 11/25/2009

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Having a 3 year old with asthma and a 4 year old I researched this too....only to become more confused! I will say, I'm a 'big fan" of vaccines....our kids aren't dying of mumps, measles, etc and I've spent enough time in other countries to see how many parents would love to have access to vaccines for their children. I believe the H1N1 vaccine is made the same way as the flu vaccine and, had they had this particular strain "figured out" sooner, it would have been included in the regular flu shot.....so the way they make the vaccine isn't new. (there was a lot of hype about how "new" and "fast" this was done) I ended up getting the vaccine for both my boys (the little guy with asthma ends up on liquid steroids and in the hospital occassionally with just a common cold, so I'm not wanting to see what any flu would do if I can help it!) Also, my kids haven't had any problems with any vaccines they've ever received before, which I took into consideration. That said, I've still got questions and have been frustrated that I never seem to get the same answer twice. Don't think I've helped you, but I spent a month concerned about the same thing and felt compelled to reply! Hope your family has a happy & healthy Holiday season and that your nephew is better now :)

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