Flu Shot

Marisa - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 168 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 10 mo on Oct 28. Should she get a flu shot? How many of you have or have not gotten you child a flu shot what are your reasons?

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Jo - posted on 10/19/2010

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Yes definitey! There is no excuse for a child or infant to get influenza when it is preventable. If you have ever had the flu and you know how awful it feels I would never want my child to have that experience.

Carrie - posted on 07/12/2011

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I know this post is late compared to everyone answering- but if anyone comes across this- I just wanted to share. You have to do what you feel is best! Weigh the pro's and con's. I always felt it was better to get the shot than to deal with the flu. Do your research and talk with your pediatrician. With that said, I will NOT be giving any of my kids it this year. In Sept 2010 my pedi gave my 4yr old and almost 2yr their flu shots. We had just had a baby in July who was in the NICU for lung issues and none of us wanted to take a chance. 10 days later when my husband brought my 2yr old (just had his bday) for his 2yr apt they had given him another flu shot. I called right away- they had to make some calls and call me back. They didn't see/pay attention to the shot 10 days before in the record but no one had any answers for me. That night he broke out in a rash from his chest down, was lethargic- no fever, no teething, no ear issues. He was like that for 2 days. Since then he has been having many issues. He has sensitivity disorder, noise disorder, and now they are in the process of wanting to test him for adhd/add and autism. He was a perfectly normal child before who would go barefoot, get his hair cut, didn't mind getting dirty. Now he can't do anything that feels different and can't change anything in his routine. I know this is an EXTREME, but I always thought the chances were so very small. Just wanted to share with anyone who is not sure what to do.

Christina - posted on 10/25/2010

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All three of my kids have rec'vd their flu shots from as early as 6 months and we all get it every year!

Kari - posted on 10/22/2010

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My husband and I do not get flu shots and neither does our 13-month-old. Our pediatrician told us the flu shot has the most mercury of all vaccinations, so we decided to avoid it. When someone has a question regarding any shot, I recommend reading "The Vaccine Safety Manual" by Neil Miller (2nd Ed, 2010), then follow up with your own research. Trust your own mommy instincts!

Wilma - posted on 10/21/2010

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I would like to suggest that you go to this website www.vacinfo.org read the vaccine ingredients before you decide.

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Thu_nguyet_texas - posted on 12/26/2014

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My daughter got flu last week now my turn by any chance my daughter get flu from me again. By the way she took Tamiflu and I am right now also.

Nikki - posted on 03/11/2014

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This is years after this post first started, BUT reading "Christi Thompsons" response pissed me off. Commenting about "soy crap" & "tree hugger stuff" just shows your ignorance for a healthy diet, which can & does prevent most HEALTHY people from catching diseases. I bet you are an extremely overweight mother, who feeds your possibly overweight children junk food. I have no doubt in my mind that when you look in the mirror, you are unhappy with what you see, so you need something to grab onto (in this case, an online chat board) to bash others. And fyi, my baby, YES a baby under a year old, has had zero shots (same w my 8 year old) & has had the flu 5x now, & guess what? Omg he still alive, healthy & thriving! And I'm pregnant (and not obese & eat very healthy) and I've had it 3x during my pregnancy! And guess what? I'm still alive too! Every parent can choose what they want. I don't bash those who do shots & those who do shots shouldn't bash those who don't. Anyone who does obviously has issues they can't or don't want to deal with. Rant over!

Nikki - posted on 03/11/2014

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This is years after this post first started, BUT reading "Christi Thompsons" response pissed me off. Commenting about "soy crap" & "tree hugger stuff" just shows your ignorance for a healthy diet, which can & does prevent most HEALTHY people from catching diseases. I bet you are an extremely overweight mother, who feeds your possibly overweight children junk food. I have no doubt in my mind that when you look in the mirror, you are unhappy with what you see, so you need something to grab onto (in this case, an online chat board) to bash others. And fyi, my baby, YES a baby under a year old, has had zero shots (same w my 8 year old) & has had the flu 5x now, & guess what? Omg he still alive, healthy & thriving! And I'm pregnant (and not obese & eat very healthy) and I've had it 3x during my pregnancy! And guess what? I'm still alive too! Every parent can choose what they want. I don't bash those who do shots & those who do shots shouldn't bash those who don't. Anyone who does obviously has issues they can't or don't want to deal with. Rant over!

Carrie - posted on 07/12/2011

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And I just want to say to Christi and her respone, I too felt that way. But now being faced with a child who may have Autism because of the dr's screwing up on a flu shot, and a friend who's 2 boys got their regular vaccines and then with in a few weeks noticed her boys were acting different and shutting everyone out. With in 4 months and 6 months after those shots they were both diagnosed each with different degrees of Autism. Parents make the best descions they can for their children and family and no one else should put them down for their choices. Not sure what "soy crap" and "tree hugger stuff" has to do with it. We live a pretty normal life. Yes now we need to take all red dyes out of his diet and all but you have no idea what it's like.

Christi - posted on 11/06/2010

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I think it's funny how many moms are so anit-vaccines of any sort. Really? Let's not vaccinate our children and run the risk of them dying of something that is completely preventable. Yes, some people react badly to vaccines, DO YOUR RESEARCH. It's far and few that have bad reactions and die. How would you feel if your child contracted let's say measles and passed it on to a child that was not old enough to receive their vaccines and that child ended up dying. How would that rest on your concience? Serioulsy people, grow a brain. You wanna pump your kid full of soy crap and tree hugger stuff, go for it. But don't endanger other children because you are paranoid.

Christi - posted on 11/06/2010

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My son got half of his flu shot last year when the swine flu vaccine first came out, but they ran out of the second part of the vaccine and my son ended up catching swine flu and spending over a week in ICU. I got my son the shot this year and my husband and I got vaccinated as well. My husband works for Southwest Airlines and comes in contact with alot of people and dirty mail and such, so we always take precautions not to pass things on to our son. To each his own on the flu shot, but opting out of other shots is pure neglectful.

Jessica - posted on 11/05/2010

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We all get the flu shot (well not my husband, but he drives truck and is by himself all day). both our boys go to daycare and i'm a teacher, and I would personally rather deal with any possible side effects from the vaccine than deal with the flu itself!

Joanna - posted on 10/31/2010

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We have never gotten flu shots (myself, my hubby or 5 children). We never have issues with getting the flu, and most of the people I know that get the shot do get the flu anyway.
If you do decide to get the flu shot, read the package insert before making your final decision. Make a fully informed choice, not just by the opinions of anyone, even your doctor. They are opinions. My doctor does not recommend them for everyone, other doctors do. Know the facts and decide based on that. Look at the risks, the ingredients, everything.

Cathy - posted on 10/28/2010

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Its best for a baby that young to get one so they wont catch the flu.. Its easier for an infant to catch it quicker than an adult unless the shot is given.. my kids get the shot every year and my daughter is 16 mon n son almost 3

Lindzy - posted on 10/27/2010

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never have, never will. if you want information you should start on the cdc website by just looking at the package inserts. that was enough to make me question it. good luck in your choice!

Tammy - posted on 10/27/2010

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I would not because I believe they are making our kids sicker than they used to be when they got the flue. My daughter is 9 years old and my son is 14 neither of them have had the shoot when they did they were sick at least 3 week during flue season and they got the flue at least 3 times they were very sick but and she was fine last year with out the flue shoot. Other kids that she went to school with about half of them were out of school for at least 3 weeks at a time some kids got the flue again and again. My onion I would forget about the flue shoot. I myself have not had a flue shoot sense I was 20 some years old and I have not had gotten sick with the flue:>)

Liz - posted on 10/26/2010

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Always remember... Doctors are educated by pharmacuticle companies that make money off of you being sick. If you are healthy, they go out of business. another fact, more people die each year from non narcotic/barbituate perscriptions than illegal drug users, car accidents, house fires, and murders combined. Don't trust big pharma, do your research and then decide. Vitamin D has been scientificly proven to be more effective in fighting the flu than the vaccine. You make vitamin D by exposing your skin to the sun without sunblock for just 30 mins on the order of between 25 - 40,000 units... People get the flu from lack of sunlight more than any other reason. I learned this is biology class in high school, and haven't had the flu since... That was 20 years ago, btw. here's a link to help http://www.naturalnews.com/029760_vitami...

Pilar - posted on 10/26/2010

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My daughter is now three (3) and she has gotten flue shots since 4 month old. Now, I don't do the nasal spray(contains life virus...Not too recommended for babies), I get her the actual shot and thank God no problems at all.

Liz - posted on 10/26/2010

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I'm not telling you what to do, I'm just going to tell you some very easily verifiable facts about the flu shot. First of all, the preservatives in the shot contain heavy metals that are known to be accumulative and can cause brain damage in certain people. The flu shot is only 11% effective and is made from last years flu, not this years, rendering it useless agains this years normal mutation. The swine flu virus is in the new flu shot and doctors don't tell you unless you ask. The swine flu shot has not been tested on and is not approved for use on children under 12, pregnant women, or the elderly... Says so right on the insert found in the box for the vaccination at the doctors office. The swine flu shot was banned in Australia after killing too many people. Late breaking news states that CDC has over exadurated the death rate from the swine flu.

It's up to you. Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2010

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its completly up to you as her parent.. i have three kids,19-15-and 5. no one in my house gets a flu shot because any time we have we all end up getting the flu anyways. when my 5 year old did get a flu shot she spiked a fever of 102, when she dosen't get a flu shot, she still gets the flu but only runs a fever of 99.9. so only you can make the decicsion of wheather of not to give your child the flu shot.\

Peny - posted on 10/25/2010

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research!! a number of babies have died as a result of this vaccination recently, or complications relating to it. not sure of the age cut off but know young babies are not recommended. All vacinations are a big decision...

Linda - posted on 10/25/2010

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This year the H1N1 is included in the flu shot so its only one shot instead of 2 like last year where you had the seasonal then the H1N1. The CDC recommends that anyone over 6 months should get the flu shot. I received mine free because I work in a pharmacy but I haven't gotten my 2 year old his shot yet. I want to discuss it with his Dr first. It is however a personal decision.
Some people don't believe in getting them because they think it doesn't do any good. Usually if you still get the flu after getting the vaccine it is because you caught a strain that isn't covered by the vaccine.

ANITA - posted on 10/25/2010

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Even though I have no small children. I never did the flu shot, neither do I recommend them for my grandchildren. I figure why try to fix what's not broken!!

Cookie - posted on 10/25/2010

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Sorry, I should have added that you can give your baby vitamin D drops. Vitamin D has been proven to boost your immune system. Wash your hand and your baby's hands when you get home all the time! If she's a perfectly healthy baby, she probably won't get the flu.

Mea - posted on 10/25/2010

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I think you should research this, doctors dont tell you the bad things that can happen only that they can hav a temperature or something like that not that it can be deadly.. Children can die from this shot and some have.. some get the flu shaot and are fine. My children are 1 and nerly 4 and they have not got the flu shot.

Cookie - posted on 10/25/2010

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NO NO NO! they've combined both flu shots this year...which H1N1 has barely been tested...it's your choice. But I do suggest not getting it... why add chemicals like formaldehyde and mercury into your little baby's body? why not take the homepathic route? just to be on the safe side! better safe than sorry. Do your research!

Cari - posted on 10/25/2010

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The Flu can be fatal...more fatalities from the Flu than from the Flu shot.....very important!!!

Malisa - posted on 10/25/2010

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The flu shot CAN BE FATAL for anyone that gets it, I h ad a friend die from a regular flu shot. Don't just listen to your Dr. research it for yourself.

Cari - posted on 10/25/2010

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Hey there! My son will be 12 December 17 and he always has had his flu shot...consult your pediatrician for exact age to start. I am totally in favor of the flu shot. My son was born at 26 weeks, so we have been to many Dr.s, all in favor. I pray all goes well for your baby girl!!!

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Ok, Honestly most of these moms need to talk to their pediatrician. Your child is not too young to get a flu shot. However, you do need to go to your doctor for the shot. For children under 2 years of age they actually have to have 2 separate shots a month apart from each other. My twins were 6 weeks early and are currently 10 months old. The thought of them getting the flu is scarier to me than the possibility of any reaction to the shots. You need to find a doctor that you trust. Ask them if it is necessary if you have any concerns.

Sarah - posted on 10/25/2010

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So some doctors say YES get the flu shot & others say NO don't get the flu shot. Well, who's right? All we can do is research the different shots & make informed decisions. With that said, I DID choose to get my 13 month old the flu shot. He never had a reaction...never even felt bad in the slightest. And I'm happy with my decision.

Erin - posted on 10/25/2010

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My son will be 6 months tomorrow and we all have appts to get our flu shots. They can get the shot 6 months +.

Kristi - posted on 10/24/2010

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My daughter will be 8 months old on Nov.1 and she got hers last week. The flu can be very serious and even deadly in small children. They are exposed to so many things already at daycare and so on it is important to protect them against what we can I think.

Angelina - posted on 10/24/2010

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agreed that the final choice is yours but i can say i chose to get my son his shots last year with all the flu shots and regreted it and wont take the risk again. There is not enough research to back the new shots that fight all the strands of flu out there and prove they are safe for children let alone young children. I do believe in keeping up with all required shots but have since done so on an extended shedule pushing shots out further in age and not so close together. There are many good and bad side effects and all children respond differently. Take into consideration your own enviorment and schedule before jumping on any band wagons :)

Debi - posted on 10/23/2010

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If she were mine I would say No! I am a mother of 7 and I do not do flu shots! But what I do is make sure there is very little sugar and a whole lot of vegetables and fruits in our diets to make sure our immune system is up where it is suppose to be! Then we don't have to worry about the flu or the side effects from the shots!

Hillary - posted on 10/23/2010

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All three of my children have gotten the flu shot every year from when they were six months old or older. I am a nurse and I think it's a good idea for kids to get flu shots--especially if they are in school, day care, or have a babysitter. The human body can take many more vaccinations than are currently given. It's not pleasant to have the flu and the flu can even be dangerous and lead to hospitalization or death. So, yes, I recommend the flu shot for children, Besides, if they don't have asthma or other resp. problems, they now give them the vaccine you inhale as opposed to the shot.

LadyJane - posted on 10/23/2010

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Calling it neglect is a bit harsh! I do not neglect my children because I choose not to give them this shot. They are very healthy and well cared for. Their doctor even advised me NOT to get this flu shot. As long as they wash their hands and eat the right amount of vitamins, they'd be fine.

Christy - posted on 10/23/2010

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I protect my kid first before I do myself. She comes first in my life. I would get it for her, but that's just me. I got my daughter everything she needed as far as all that went

Debz - posted on 10/23/2010

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I never gave my two (Now 17 and 14) flu shots, even to this day. My daughter had a bad reaction to her 6 week injections and ended up in hospital. I now wonder if filling our kids with shots is the best, I think if the illness is not serious then they will be fine. I have to add, having seen a healthy child get sick after an injection, makes me think twice.

Beth - posted on 10/23/2010

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Everyone at my house gets the flu shot. I have a 22 month old and a 5 month old. My 22 month old just got his shot, as did my husband and myself. My 5 month old will get hers once she turns 6 months. I figure there are enough illnesses going around that are not preventable, so I prevent what I can with vaccines.

Michelle - posted on 10/23/2010

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i would say yes, its entirely up to you but the flu can be fatal and why take the chance, the vaccine will not kill you so why not? i think its a great idea! but like i said it up to you, but i would ask your dr not opinions of other because alot of people conflict judgment on others, especially in this instance, some people say no because of what others have thought could cause autism, i would go for it and i think that shots and vaccines are all important to give your child and i believe that if you dont your taking the chance of something bad happening nad i feel its neglect to not vaccinate, my opinion only!

Gemma - posted on 10/23/2010

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I am a teacher, so LOTS of kiddie germs, lol, but I choose not to get the flu shot (and rarely get the flu) and my daughter does not get flu shots either. She does not go to daycare and has no respiratory problems, so my child health nurse advised against it (she has never had the flu either). I do however have all her other needles totally up to date.

Sherelle - posted on 10/23/2010

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It's not something I'd give her. I'm all for vaccinations and swine flu shots but general flu shots - it's more chemicals in your child's body and really - they have to learn to get over a flu themselves. 10 months is a little young to be adding more things into them.

Jane - posted on 10/22/2010

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No to the flu shots, get the others but not flu shots, Western Australia banned flue shots to young ones this year after a number of children got sick ( 1 very)

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2010

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I worked as a RN in the ER for 8 years before becoming a stay at home Mom, Yes everyone should get the flu shot. Anyone who has ever had a true influenza illness would never want to get it again. Just an FYI, you don't get the "flu" from the vaccine. Talk to your physician.

Carol - posted on 10/22/2010

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If you get adequate vitamin D (which most of us are deficient in) you won't get flu. If you are breastfeeding, take a D3 supplement yourself. If not, ask your doctor about a supplement for the baby. A blood test can reveal your D level.

Tracy - posted on 10/22/2010

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We don't get vaccinations, but I heard that if you choose to get a flu shot, that spring or summer is the time to get them since your immune system will be vulnerable for the next 9 weeks. Why would you wait till fall when the flu is floating around and your immune system is down?

Janice - posted on 10/22/2010

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I am an RN and worked for a pediatrician for 12 years. We did not give flu shots unless parents requested them. Very few asked for flu shots. Don't remember any of them getting the flu that the shots are made to prevent. I never got a flu shot all those years with kids coughing and sneezing all over me and I never got the flu. None of my family has ever got the shots or got the flu. If anyone in your house hold has asthma or any other chronic diseases, it would be a good idea if you got the shots.

As for the flu shots themselves--- this year there are 3 strains in the injections:H1N1, H3N2, and the influenza B. These flues are the ones that last 1 to 2 weeks and you are very sick. The regular flues with 1 to 3 days of vomiting and diarrhea or body aches and temp can still be gotten. There is no vaccine for them. The news makes a much bigger deal out of medical issues than is really true. DON'T listen to TV.

LadyJane - posted on 10/22/2010

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Children need to build up their immune system their body might not know how to fight off infections on its own without the use of medications or shots. Some doctors try to push unnecessary treatments so they can get paid more by the insurance companies, always get more than one opinion if you're unsure about any shot or medication.

Erika - posted on 10/22/2010

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I'm sorry but this debate could go on forever and after reading some of the posts I have to say something. The only reason any of the old childhood diseases are coming back is because parents have been brainwashed into thinking that vaccines are more dangerous than the disease. People used to die of common things like the flu years ago and now there is a way to prevent it. Do you really think doctors are knowingly injecting our children with things that will hurt them? I am a firm believer in vaccines, I don't care what anyone says. I've gotten all three of my kids the reccomended vaccines and all of them are fine and very healthy. We have never had the flu in this house. Also, people who say they've had the flu several times after receiving the shot are probably talking about a stomach bug or rotovirus which is not actually the flu even though people call it that. You make your own decision after researching all of your options and as long as you are comfortable with it, that is what counts. Good luck:)

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For me ...flu shots are meant for bigger kids like for 3 year olds and above ...prevention is better give lots of vitamin C

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