H1N1 Consent Form sent home from school

Natasha - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I wanted to see what all you other mothers thought of the swine flu vaccine and what you plan to do? My son's school sent home a consent form yesterday that is due friday and I need to figure out whether I want to vaccine him or not with it, I am nervous either way really because the side effects of the swine can be pretty bad but the sign effects of the vaccine arent that great either, So I was wondering what all you other mothers thoughts were on it! Thanks!

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Tanyia - posted on 10/24/2009

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My kids brought them home also , We don't do the flue shots I feel that its better for them to get it than having it giving to them in a shot or nasel spray. I told the school no. THe side effect are really bad and they don't use a dead strand in the H1N1 it is a live strand. They have had death casued from this vaccain. I'm just not willing to subject my kids to this.

Lindsay - posted on 10/23/2009

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If you recieve the seasonal flu shot, it's made the same way and has the same side effects. The seasonal flu shot will not protect against H1N1 because they are different strains. We have already gotten our seasonal flu shots and will be getting the H1N1 when it becomes available to us! =)

Cheryl - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Ilene:

This is one vaccine I am skipping. I am worried about the side effects. Over the years whenever I have gotten the regular flu shot, I've always still gotten the flu. I don't see the point in getting it and I'd rather my son develop a natural immunity to this one.



I totally agree. I'm not giving that garbage to my kids. The side effects are just as bad if not worse than the flu itself. It has been proven that the only people that are hospitalized or die from it already ave something else wrong with them so their immune system is already compremised.  I also know numerous people who have had the swime flu and yes they got really sick but after three days of high fevers they felt fine... no lingering effects. I'm not so sure that the vaccine can offer that promise.

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I just posted on the other question about it. Over here they will only *consider* vaccinating children in high risk groups (autoimmune diseases, etc.). Everyone else is advised to just see it through.

Normal 'flu shots follow the same rule. I bent to my doctor's recommendation for me to get it this year, but I normally wouldn't have considered it.

Michelle - posted on 10/21/2009

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My children got the regular flu shot and have an appointment to get the H1N1 shot next week. The shot seems to have less side affects than the nasal mist that is also available. The mist is a live virus vaccine which is why it has more side affects. I think you should decide based on how your children have reacted to previous vaccines and how big the problem is in your area. Myself, I'd rather be safe than sorry, and that is how I see the situation so I am getting them vaccinated.

Ilene - posted on 10/21/2009

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This is one vaccine I am skipping. I am worried about the side effects. Over the years whenever I have gotten the regular flu shot, I've always still gotten the flu. I don't see the point in getting it and I'd rather my son develop a natural immunity to this one.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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I used to vacinate my kids with the flu vaccine and haven't in 2 years and they are fine. There are a lot of side effects to the H1N1 vaccine and my friend that is a nurse will not get it. She is a private hospice nurse and doesn't have to take so she doesn't. I think the world is over reacting a little bit. Kids have a strong immune system and can fight off more than you think. Dr's over prescribe anitibiotics as well which is not good for you either because your body gets ammune to them and then needs something stronger to fight of infection. I would say NO don't do it. Push the vitamins and stress the hand washing thing.

Donna - posted on 10/21/2009

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I always get the flu shot and get it for my kids. The couple of years I have not gotten it, I have gotten the flu. One year we had the shots and were exposed (spent all day with someone who diagnosed the next day) and didn't get the flu. I think it's worth it for my family. We have done the shots and the mist and have never had any adverse reactions. So far this year myself and one of my children has gotten the regular flu shot. They were already out for my other child (two age groups).

I am planning to get the H1N1 vaccine if I can. My biggest concern is what happens to my kids if I get the flu. My DH is in Iraq currently, family is 3000 miles away and I have a kid in school. So if I get the flu, I am on my own with my two small kids to care for. That doesn't paint a pretty picture for me. And people are dying from this. I spoke to someone who works in a local hospital and she alone in one hospital has already seen 2 deaths from it.

I'm not trying to scare you and I am not a fearful person. I just have to consider MY own circumstance this year and make my choice from there. That's what we all have to do. In the end, you have to decide what you are willing to do and not let someone else talk you in to or out of it.

Mimi - posted on 10/21/2009

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My son and I both got the H1N1 shot on saturday. It is the same vaccine as the seasonal flu shot just with a different virus. We have had zero side effects from the shot. It kind of depends on personal prefrence and how exspsoed they are to outside forces,like school.

Heidi - posted on 10/21/2009

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I don't believe in injecting body with the anti virus. Its been years since I have had the flu. I don't get my boys vacinated either, and neither of them of had the flu other then my 10 year old has had it once. Neither of my boys have missed school at all due to illness either. I find more people seem to get the flu or flu like symptons with having the shot rather then not. I guess its personal preference and my preference is not to be vacinated. do what you feel is right.

Mandy - posted on 10/21/2009

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i too am not sure what to do, my two sons have always received the regular yearly flu shot and has had no problems, but my confusion is should i get that shot plus the H1N1

Alisa - posted on 10/21/2009

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Our family does not do the regular flu shot...never had & my children are about the only ones at their school who are not always sick. Most of my friends do the flu shot and many are getting the H1N1 shot. The kids that are sick are violently ill w/ hallucinations and dehydration. I have pulled my kids out of school & I'm homeschooling currently due to how bad it has gotten. My friends who have gotten vaccines for their children are now questioning why they even bothered since they are so very sick anyways. I believe that w/out the vaccines my children will develop healthy immune systems themselves. But then again I am also taking precautions like taking them out of school when it is a point of being out of control. Our school should be closed since we are running w/ classes more than 1/2 empty.

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