N1H1, my child's school is gining it out, it is safe?
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Kelly - posted on 11/19/2009
hi Jacque we have all had the injection that is myself my husband and my 12 year old son .I believe its a personal choice as to whether you decide to have it but we have had no side affects at all, maybe a little to much thought goes into these issues .
Nikki - posted on 11/19/2009
my son's school isnt giving out the swine flu vaccine but as he has asthma he was offered it at the doctors surgery when he went for his seasonal flu jag. i did have my reservations about this jag as it has came out quite quickly but after speaking with the doctor i am now for it. it does not contain the live virus as the nasal spray does, and as i live in central scotland which has the highest rate of deaths in the uk from swine flu i think it imperative that my son gets it, the outcome were he to actually catch swine flu does not bear thinking about. yes this is a hard choice for parents to make but especially those who have kids in the at risk group
Dana - posted on 11/19/2009
My kids' school was giving out the vaccine also. At first I was thinking to myself "no way". I didn't see how it was safe and how it would benefit my own children. But I quickly changed my mind when I read an article that a resident in the county that I live in had died from the H1N1 virus. It was hitting too close to home. So, I read some articles on it and even spoke to my childs doctor. She told me that doctors are urging children especially to get the vaccine because there has been an over abundence of children dying from this. Both of my daughters got the vaccine about a week ago. No complications and I am confident that I made the right choice to let them get the vaccine. I know there are mixed emotions on this topic but I hope I helped out at least one person : )
Terri - posted on 11/19/2009
I have opted not to give my kids the vaccine. I have never even give them the seasonal flu shot. I just don't feel that there is enough information about it and not enough research with the H1N1 vaccine to give it to them. I believe eating right and excercising is a good way to stay healthy and I have been fortunate that my kids haven't been really sick with the flu or anything.......
Alex - posted on 11/18/2009
Both my boys (aged 7 &4) had their first dose of seasonal and swine flu shots on the same day last week (they have to have a 2nd booster of both vaccines in 2 weeks time), so did I as we're all asthmatic. We had no reaction whatsoever, apart from a slightly sore arm where the jab went in. If you're being offered the swine flu vaccine it's for a very good reason, remember people have died from it. Personally I would rather my children had a couple of injections than to risk losing them to something they could have been immunised against.
Lori - posted on 11/17/2009
I have 3 step-daughters: 7, 5, and 2 1/2 and I have a 9 month old son. The oldest 2's school was offering a clinic through the health department. So my husband and I were able to get all 4 the vaccine. The oldest got the nasal spray and the youngest 2 got the injection. The only problem I know of was my son. He got a fever of 102 and I gave him Tylenol then Motrin. The next day he was just fine.
My thing is do people realize that the seasonal flu is made from flu viruses themselves?? How else are they supposed to create a vaccine against something?? I would rather my child get a little sick from the shot than have him even sicker from the actual virus. I have been terrified ever since this virus came out. I had a miscarraige 2 years ago, and had preterm contractions at 31 weeks. I was so scare throughout my whole pregnancy that I was going to lose him because of the past experience. And when I found out he has a heart murmur that will very likely have to be corrected by surgery, I didn't sleep for like 3 nights scared I was going to lose him. I don't know how this virus would affect him because of his health issue. My child's health is more important to me than anything else. If I can help him in the future then I will do what is necessary.
It is a personal issue for everyone. And I understand it a controversial issue but why would the CDC be saying it is fine if it really isn't. How quickly are people thinking this vaccine was created versus when the swine flu first broke out?
Carolyn - posted on 11/17/2009
I really think it's safer than not getting it. Doctors are saying it is. I have had several relatives get H1N1 and it is horrible and scary. They run from ages 1 to 29. I wouldn't take the chance of not giving it to them. I got it because I am a diabetic and I am fine, so are everyone else I know who have gotten it.
Erika - posted on 11/17/2009
There has been no side effects found affecting children at all. The only unfortuate thing is that the vaccine is not available for all children. My son and I received the shot because I am a Nurse and he has asthma. I think it is way too risky Not to get it!!! Especially when I am working in a hospital and who knows what I may be bringing home to my family. The only problem I find is that children have to actually go for two needles because they only give children half the vaccine at a time. I don't know how I am going to convince him to go back for that other half. lol
Nicole - posted on 11/17/2009
The reactions that have occurred in response to having the H1N1 vaccine are caused by very specific PERSONAL allergies only. The vaccine is safe for those without allergies such as egg allergies, or those who have had a reaction (swelling, etc.) after having another type of shot. if your kid had all other shots without any problems, let them have this one.
Lindsay - posted on 11/17/2009
Both of my kids (age 3 and 4) got the mist a few weeks ago. They had no side effects or even a low grade fever.
The argument that it's too new is null because if that was the case, so is the seasonal flu vaccination. The ingredients are all the same but the strain is different just as the seasonal flu strain changes from year to year. My thoughts are that if you typically get the seasonal flu shot, go ahead and get this as well. If you don't, then don't. It's my understanding that they will be combined next year.
Melissa - posted on 11/17/2009
I will definatly NOT be getting the shot for my son nor for myslef. The CDC has NOT reccommended it nor do they know the effectivness or saftey of the shot. The shot is basically theh same as the flu shot, just a different version. Plus the shot has different nedals and mercury in it. There is no way that I will put that in my families bodies. I don't believe I should put a virus in my families bodies voluntarily. Hope this helps. Best of luck!!
Krissi - posted on 11/16/2009
That is just one article- you can find many that will help you make the decision.
It is up to us as parents to do the research so that we can make an educated decision on what is right for our kids. I will not get my kids the swine flu virus nor do I get them the flu virus. We stay healthy by eating right, resting, exercising moderately and washing our hands a lot! You, as a parent, may get all of the information and decide that it is right for your family. But the bottom line is to get educated. Only then can you make the right choice.
Tracey - posted on 11/16/2009
YES it is safe it is manufactured the same way the seaonal flu vaccine is, next year it will most likely be in the seasonal flu shot. I am a nurse I got the vaccine several weeks ago and had no problems, my sister got it for her 4 boys the youngest being 6 months and none of them had a problem with it. I am getting it for my 2 year old tomorrow and I plan to get it for my older 2 boys as soon as its available for them. I have not heard of any children that have had any serious side effects from the vaccine, however children have been seriously ill, hospitalized and even died from the h1n1 virus. Yes in most cases it's no worse than the seasonal flu but you don't know if your child is going to be one that becomes more seriously ill from it . And just controlling the fever does not mean your child will not have serious respiratory problems from the virus. If the vaccine is available to you for your children I highly recommend you get it for them.
Marissa - posted on 11/16/2009
I am on the fence with this. My daughter was very sick a few weeks back and even though they ruled out H1N1, they didn't rule out the regular flu. She had a fever for over a week but was otherwise ok. I don't like the idea that the mist is the live virus and just recently came out on the market. I agree with the other mom's that feel it may pose a long term side affect later. However I also don't want to run the chance that she gets sick and is one of the worst case scenarios. It is a tough choice.
Leeinda - posted on 11/16/2009
My kids are not getting the swine flu vaccine. I am getting them the seasonal flu one but I agree that it was created and approved by the FDA way to quickly. Not to mention the one's at our school locally will be the nasal mist which has a higher rate of actually contracting it. So I say no.
Shannon - posted on 11/16/2009
In my opinion, I don't think it is safe (yet). I feel the vaccine was created too quickly and it came out on the market to fast. We don't yet know the long term side effects that this vaccine could pose on us in the future. I didnot allow my children or myself to get it. I will take the chance.