H1N1 vaccination

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Any thoughts on if you should or shouldn't have your child vaccinated with this new H1N1? All the research I've done theres so many contradicting information.

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Amanda - posted on 10/31/2009

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I am a nurse and I nor my child will be getting the shot. They don't know enough about it or how people are going to react to it. I just don't feel safe getting it. I know many other nurses that feel the same way. I actually know a few doctors that are not giving it in their clinics.

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My nurse at Family Practice said, that for anyone, including children, you should get the Pneumonia shot. The problem with swine flu, isn't the flu itself, but the complications you get from it--the biggest being pneumonia. The vaccine is good for 5 years. So I got this along with the regular flu shot and that's what i am planning for my 4 year old.

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Lee Ann - posted on 11/02/2009

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We have made the decision to not get the shot for our son. The pediatrician said if he is healthy he did not think it was necessary.

Danita - posted on 11/02/2009

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Just think about it. It took a while to get the regular flu vaccine, and now, out of nowhere, they already have a vaccine for H1N1? My son had a siezure with his 12 month vaccinations, and I'm not interested in adding one more to the 50 something that they already have to get. There is no knowing what sort of side efects that this could have either now, or down the road. Just use lots and lots of hand sanitizer, and be proactive.

Amanda - posted on 11/01/2009

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Quoting Donna:



Quoting Amanda:

After reading some of the responses to this post I just thought Id point out a few things.
The CDC is the one who put the vaccination out,so for the lady that says they do not recommend it,why would they (the CDC) be the ones to approve it? The vaccination(the shot) is NOT the live virus. However, the nasal mist is,if you do not want your children to have the live virus then ask for the shot,it does nothing but build up the immunity to the H1N1.The mention of Guillen-Barre` that seems to be everywhere is the exact same warning that is on the seasonal flu shot,as well as if you get the seasonal flu. 1 in 30,000 people could contract this.

As for my children they have already been vaccinated. My husband and I both employees of the hospital will be receiving it on Monday,G'luck to you who go the route of not getting your children vaccinated!





And the same to you Amanda!





exactly..read above.



"as well as if you get the seasonal flu. "

Amanda - posted on 10/31/2009

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my opinion is no way and i do not plan to have one or let them give my kids one....that stuff is poison! No flu shot and no H1N1 shots...ppl really need to read and research the ingredients and stuff they are pumping into ppls bodies lots of chemicals and things that the body does not need....these vaccines are going to cause more harm and death than the actual virus its self...i have already seen and knew a few friends and family who have had the H1N1 virus just int eh past few days and weeks...and they are toally fine its like a regular case of having the flu...a fever and soem aches ...stay in bed and lots of fluids and they were fine...my niece was only sick with is for 3 days and she was back to her self...8 yrs old and wild...lol....Best Wishes....you have to go with ur mom instinct and do wht you think is right for u and ur family!

Donna - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

After reading some of the responses to this post I just thought Id point out a few things.
The CDC is the one who put the vaccination out,so for the lady that says they do not recommend it,why would they (the CDC) be the ones to approve it? The vaccination(the shot) is NOT the live virus. However, the nasal mist is,if you do not want your children to have the live virus then ask for the shot,it does nothing but build up the immunity to the H1N1.The mention of Guillen-Barre` that seems to be everywhere is the exact same warning that is on the seasonal flu shot,as well as if you get the seasonal flu. 1 in 30,000 people could contract this.

As for my children they have already been vaccinated. My husband and I both employees of the hospital will be receiving it on Monday,G'luck to you who go the route of not getting your children vaccinated!


And the same to you Amanda!

Donna - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Melanie:

Yes, I think you would be immune. We have decided that for our family, it is in the best interests to get vaccinated - my eldest two have asthma, my little one is under 5 and has one kidney (though it's not kidney disease). I have gone back and forth about this but have been fairly decided about it for a few weeks now. I live in Toronto, Canada and we recently had two deaths from H1N1 in Ontario of two healthy children (ages 10 and 13) who have no preexisting medical conditions - both had mild flu symptoms for 2 days - one showed up at the hospital the next day with severe symptoms and died while the second had been seen at a walk-in clinic on a Sunday, was given the all-clear (lungs were clear), seemed better on the Monday and then collapsed and died that day. Gives you chills. I know the percents are low for this to happen but it seems to be happening here and I have two children (and especially one, in particular) who have a really difficult time with the common cold due to the coughs that get exaceberated quickly due to their underlying asthma.

Just my two cents.


You would be immune by getting the actual flu, not the shot.  

Amanda - posted on 10/31/2009

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After reading some of the responses to this post I just thought Id point out a few things.
The CDC is the one who put the vaccination out,so for the lady that says they do not recommend it,why would they (the CDC) be the ones to approve it? The vaccination(the shot) is NOT the live virus. However, the nasal mist is,if you do not want your children to have the live virus then ask for the shot,it does nothing but build up the immunity to the H1N1.The mention of Guillen-Barre` that seems to be everywhere is the exact same warning that is on the seasonal flu shot,as well as if you get the seasonal flu. 1 in 30,000 people could contract this.

As for my children they have already been vaccinated. My husband and I both employees of the hospital will be receiving it on Monday,G'luck to you who go the route of not getting your children vaccinated!

Melanie - posted on 10/31/2009

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Wow! Here in Canada it is free to everyone - they are trying to prioritize certain groups who are higher risk for complications (children ages 6 mos - 5 years, people under 65 with lung conditions (asthma, etc), diabetes, etc) Our vaccine clinics are only running from now till December 2nd as they feel we will be out of the peak by then - we should be hitting the peak anytime now if we haven't already - the vaccine was only available last week for the first time - we're a bit behind here in Canada.

I guess in the States flu season lasts all year?

Carol - posted on 10/31/2009

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The H1N1 is only available free to children above the age of 10 years old at the moment. At the end of the year they will alter the age, and offer it to younger. I am a registered nurse, working within a general practice. When I asked the doctors there about giving the vaccine, they suggested waiting until the end of the year, to give it a little longer time to be tested. I had the vaccine as I work with the general public daily & don't want to pass the bug on to my family at home. I am going to wait till the end of the year & re-evaluate the situation then.

Melanie - posted on 10/31/2009

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But our line-ups are long for the vaccine (4-6 hour waits) so am not looking forward to that next week (we're going to try on Tuesday)

Melanie - posted on 10/31/2009

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Yes, I think you would be immune. We have decided that for our family, it is in the best interests to get vaccinated - my eldest two have asthma, my little one is under 5 and has one kidney (though it's not kidney disease). I have gone back and forth about this but have been fairly decided about it for a few weeks now. I live in Toronto, Canada and we recently had two deaths from H1N1 in Ontario of two healthy children (ages 10 and 13) who have no preexisting medical conditions - both had mild flu symptoms for 2 days - one showed up at the hospital the next day with severe symptoms and died while the second had been seen at a walk-in clinic on a Sunday, was given the all-clear (lungs were clear), seemed better on the Monday and then collapsed and died that day. Gives you chills. I know the percents are low for this to happen but it seems to be happening here and I have two children (and especially one, in particular) who have a really difficult time with the common cold due to the coughs that get exaceberated quickly due to their underlying asthma.



Just my two cents.

Leslie - posted on 10/31/2009

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This is not an option for my sons. They are both allergic to eggs (or at least they were when they were young) so they cannot have the shot. Otherwise, it is definitely up to you. If you normally get a regular flu shot, then getting the H1N1 shot shouldn't bother you any more than the other. I haven't done it yet. But might when the opportunity presents itself. I know there's a huge shortage on it right now and possibly won't be available til December. There is some speculation that most of the country would have been exposed to it by then. If you get that flu, then upon recovery, you'll be immune, right?

Donna - posted on 10/31/2009

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You will hear that our government signed a waiver relieving the pharm co. of liability. Which is why we can't sue if our children are harmed by these vaccines.

Donna - posted on 10/31/2009

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Listen to your doctor?? At your own risk! There may be some out there that really care, but a good portion of them are getting bonus money, trips and other perks for pushing certain drugs. These perks are coming from the pharmaceutical companies. This video is informative. If you get a chance, watch it.

Wendy - posted on 10/31/2009

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I got all of my kids the H1N1 flu shot and it has not bothered them at all. So if you feel its something you need to do then get it for them. If it wasnt safe i dont think your doctor would want your child to get it.

Marisa - posted on 10/30/2009

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The H1N1 has not been tested properly. Don't let your children be guinea pigs for some untested vaccine. The government does not care about you or your family and the pharmaceutical companies get by with passing all kinds of dangerous untested contraptions onto the unsuspecting public. Besides the H1N1 is not any more dangerous than the average flu. Don't believe all the hype! They tell us the numbers, but neglect to tell us that the regular seasonal flu is usually just a little worse. Government is made up of politicians who are paid off by pharmaceutical lobbyists, who do you think is paying for their campaigns? Don't expect them to protect you! They will protect their benefactors first.

Irena - posted on 10/30/2009

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I'm 33 wks pregnant and I got my H1N1 shot last week as recomended,my husband works at the airport and he is at greater risk too so he got his too 2 wks ago,we both feel fine,but in Australia(where I live) they say that the vaccine is not tested enough yet to be given to children under 10 yrs old so my 5 yr old daughter is probably the only one not to be vaccinated.

Donna - posted on 10/30/2009

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I am not getting it for myself or my children. Go to the vaccination information center. They have plenty of information. My understanding is that it is no worse than the regular seasonal flu. I believe in letting our bodies naturally fight as much as possible. We build a better immunity that way.

Lisa - posted on 10/30/2009

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I had asked my doctor about the shot and he said no because there has not been enough studies on the vaccination....For one no one knows what is going to happen six months or a year down the road if there is going to be major side effects from the shot....He also did say we had the same thing in 1976 and a lot of people got vaccinated and end up having major problems from the vaccination...I'm not getting the shot for myself or my kids...Who are the ages of 11 and 8....

Brenda - posted on 10/30/2009

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Every time there are different kinds of viruses, so my family and I regulate our immune system daily.I do not know if you've heard of Transfer Factor Plus a molecule that exists in all mammals which is responsible for transferring the defenses of our body cells. You can do your research on www.4life.com or ask me about it. I give to my 3 children daily Transfer Factor Kids and no more allergies and asthma in them. They never get sick. I saw that naturally my family have immune system ready to fight .

User - posted on 10/29/2009

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HI, I had my three children vaccinated on the same day. My oldest daughter must have already had the virus, and got very ill. The boys never got sick. My daughter went on to have a full blown case of H1N1, THEN MY daughter developed triple lobe pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for 3 days. She was so sick they had to transfer by ambulance. The boys had not gotten sick AT ALL, despite multiple exposes from their sister and all the other sick kids at school. THE VACCINATION worked WONDERS for them. Kelly

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Just wondering how you concluded that the CDC is not recommending the H1N1 shot? They are promoting it on their homepage in three different links, plus links to manufacturing information, safety testing, etc. Looks like they are recommending it in a big way.

Samantha - posted on 10/29/2009

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I talked it over with my doctor & was told not to get the shot for one of my 10yrs old & my 1yrs old twims because it is not safe childouldren with any type of health problems. However that being said, I was not planing on getting the H1N1 shot. My children did receive the regular flu shot like every other year. Good luck on your choice.

Connie - posted on 10/29/2009

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I'm an RN & have a 6 year old. I cannot wait until we do the vaccinations @ school. I have seen how bad the virus treats children & wouldn't hesitate to give Noah the shot myself if I had to,

Katy - posted on 10/28/2009

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I was just talking to another mother at my kids school, her daughter has severe asthma, my son has a heart defect, so we're both very concerned about the swine flu. She said she talked to the lung specialist who informed her there were reports of paralysis from the vaccine and she would prefer, as a Dr who handles high risk kids, that they didn't get the swine flu vaccine. I'm scared to death of both getting it for my kids and not, so when I heard that it made it an ever harder decision. I'm going to call my sons pediatric cardiologist and see what he has to say, I trust him more than anything or anyone with my son, so, if he says get it, I'm getting it.

Carol - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have been VERY concerned as well! I have done all of the research possible, including reviewing the components of the seasonal shot as compared to the Novel H1N1, and physician consults, and this is what I've found. The seasonal flu shot that most people will receive, and that my family received already had a type A component to it, just not the H1N1. The new vaccine is manufactured the same way under the same conditions. The mention of Guillen-Barre` that seems to be everywhere is the exact same warning that is on the seasonal flu shot, it's just not so closely associated since the most recent surge of GBS was when the live swine flu vaccine was used a LONG time ago. The injectable form is only causing the same side effects as seasonal flu. I have 2 children at high risk for complications. Their doctor said that if they were his kids, he would get them the vaccination. I hope to do so on Friday!

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2009

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The shots were offered to my children at the school, and I decided they would not be getting it. There definately is a lot of pros and cons on this, and I decided to just be safe than sorry.

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Just wanted to thank everyone for there comments. I really appreciated your thoughts and opinions.



Thanks

Christina - posted on 10/28/2009

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I can not tell you that you should or shouldn't get your kids vaccinated, but what I can tell you is that I will not be getting my children. I believe this is just too new, and we have yet to see all the side affects from this vaccine. I know this did not help much, but just wanted you to know your not alone. I have found so much information that is contradicting as well, and I understand how frustrating it can be..

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I'm not getting them done. They are too new and we don't know the long term side effects on them. It's too risky.

Janice - posted on 10/27/2009

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Look at the 13 year old boy from Toronto who recently passed away because of the H1Ni flu. Are the side effects of the shot as grave as the side effects of the flu? For me, I'm getting both by kids vaccinated.

Shelly - posted on 10/27/2009

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Personally, we will not be getting the vaccine. As long as your children are healthy, they will only get flu like symptoms which can be treated with rest and fluids. If your children have asthma or other conditions which compromise the immune system, then you should probably get it. However, get the shot. NOT the nasal. The nasal contains a live stand of the virus and gives you a higher chance of contracting the virus from the vaccine. WOW! I don't know about the rest of you, but how is that different than exposing my child to someone already sick with H1N1? They won't even give the nasal to anyone who has any health condition; that should tell us something. This vaccine has not been around long enough for me to risk using a live strain, to me that is crazy. Good luck, but my advice is don't do it unless your child has a condition such as asthma and if you do it, get the shot.

Diane - posted on 10/27/2009

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Go to askdrsears.com then click on the link for vaccines.My sisters Father in law is Dr. William Sears who wrote the baby book. This is actually a great all around web site!

Holli - posted on 10/26/2009

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I cant really say yes or no i've been debating whether or not to vaccinate my kids with the h1n1 im nervous about them contracting the virus and nervous about the side effects just everything so in the same boat

Patty - posted on 10/26/2009

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I also am really struggling with this issue. My pediatrician called me today and she said we should most definitely get my 7 year old son the vaccine. She said that the studies she has heard of are saying that 1/2 dose given subcutaneously is having the same effect as the full dose. She also was ADAMENT about not giving the mist which is the live virus and only getting 1 swine flu vaccine and 1 seasonal flu vaccine...not some of the double shots that people are saying will be necessary.



Because I SOOO trust this doctor (she was my pediatrician when my 25, 24, 23 & 22 year old were teens so we've been through a lot together), we will "suck it up" and get this vaccine for Logan

Melinda - posted on 10/26/2009

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i was torn about getting my family the H1N1 vaccine, but decided that reading things on the internet about it was only scaring me. there is a lot of misinformation. you should really speak with a doctor about it. after talking to my doctor, i did decide to get it, along with my family. my daughter and husband have already gotten the mist a couple of weeks ago, and they've had no side effects. because i am pregnant, i have to wait until the shot comes out, but when it does, i will get it. please speak with your doctor about it

Gennifer - posted on 10/26/2009

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Personally, my family will be getting vaccinated. I feel that if it can help with any chance of them not getting it, I'll go for it. I have done some research on it, and found that, it's a new vaccine, and there are risks. But, there are also risks crossing the street every day. There are risks just getting out of the bed, but we still do it. And, the H1N1 vaccine, well, it can be considered a risk but at the same time, it may be something that is very helpful to us.

Lindsay - posted on 10/26/2009

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I'd recommend you check out cdc.gov



They are a reliable source and have a lot of info on there reguarding risks and benefits to the shot.

Joann - posted on 10/26/2009

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Just because the school offers it, doesn't mean that it's completely safe. The people that invented the small pox vaccine, will not even go near the H1N1 shot or have any of there family member's touch it. Just think about it. You are injecting your body with a live virus. You have a safer chance at getting it normally and recovering without injecting your body with chemical's, POISON in your body. They have no idea how anyone will react to the vaccine.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/26/2009

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I am Defiantly getting my girls vaccinated. But I have to wait til Zoey is 6 months old. I am signing my Jazalyn up as soon as it is available to us. We are going the spray in the nose route.

Leeann - posted on 10/26/2009

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The docs told me as long as my kids do not have any health problems then theres no reason I should get them the vaccine, They have gave it out at the school here and no one has had an reactions to it

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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I personally will not be getting this shot for myself and for my son. The CDC does not reccommend this shot nor do they know the saftey and effectiveness of this shot. There are many bad side effects that go along with this shot. Also, this shot contains metals and a lot of mercury. I know that I do not want to put that in my or my son'd bady. They are saying that this shot is just another version of the flu shot. It's basically made the same way. I do not get the flu shot either. My sister has done a lot of research on this and I have done some. This is just my opinion. Hope it helps :)

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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Its not even avaliable here yet but the schools are sending us notes and so I have been wondering also and I agree with you it is so contradicting! I posted the same ? and got some good responses if you want to read those. I think so far I am not gettting this shot for my family.

Lindsay - posted on 10/26/2009

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The H1N1 shot is made the same way and poses the same risks as the seasonal flu shot. We will be getting them if/when they become available to us! =)

Sherry - posted on 10/26/2009

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I was recently reassured that this new vaccine for H1N1 was just as safe as getting the standard flu shot, so I decided that if the school offers this new vaccine I'm going to get the shots for my 5 and 2 year old.

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