Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Jen - posted on 10/02/2013 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Flu shots are available and NOW is the time to get out there and get immunized! I never realized how important flu shots were, because I don't get sick very often, and I didn't really care that much if I got the flu. Well, that was before I had a baby and realized that just because I didn't mind getting sick, I could get someone else sick, who could pass it on to their baby, which can be very serious, even deadly!
Here is a link to one mom's story of how her healthy baby boy died from the flu just 30 hours after the first symptoms appeared: http://www.parentdish.com/2010/09/14/eve...
So make an appointment at your health center, go to a flu shot clinic, or just stop by a pharmacy. If not for yourself, than for someone you might pass the flu to. Yes, the flu shot isn't 100% effective, but the more people who get immunized, the less likely it will be that you will be exposed to the flu, so it's a benefit that grows the more people participate.
Protect yourself, protect those around you, and protect all the little babies out there. Get the flu shot!

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Jodi - posted on 10/03/2013

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I can do that too Jen:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23623...

This study indicates that there are limited studies showing sufficient evidence in children under 2 years. So for every study you can put up here telling me that the flu shot has been proven to be effective and necessary, someone else can put up a study that will contradict it. This is WHY those of us who don't do the flu vaccine have an opinion that is different to yours and have made our decisions on an equally informed basis.

Just for the record, I am also not anti-vaccine. Choosing not to get the flu shot does not make a person anti-vaccine. As I said, in Australia, they don't recommend it for everyone. I am in the education sector and I still choose not to get it.

Denise - posted on 10/03/2013

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The flu-shot is the only prevention needle I refuse to get and don't make my children get either. When chicken pock vaccine was an option I opted for my child to get the virus instead. She was almost 4yr old. Had it pretty bad but it didn't kill her, nor did she need antibiotics and she has a compromised immune system. I truly believe, in many cases, we are not strengthening our immune systems enough by injecting ourselves with so called 'preventive vaccinations'. I have yet to know a single person who has received the flu vaccination, with the exception of seniors, who DOESN'T get a flu virus. You can argue that it isn't the same strain, blah blah blah....BUT I will argue that I have not once received the flu vaccine, have a compromised immune system myself, asthmatic and have NEVER gotten the flu. The 2yrs my mother had the flu vaccine she was sick with the flu both times but never since or before.

I don't know of any scientific benefit that proves it helps as the majority who are sick and near death during flu season HAVE been vaccinated.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/03/2013

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LMAO...Again, like Dove, I'm not anti-vaccine. I'm anti flu shot. And I've read studies that go both ways, so you can't convince me that I'm wrong. Just as I can't (and don't really want to) convince you that you are.

You're for it, I'm against it. You promote it to others, I share my experience with others, and do not advocate for it. Different sides of the coin.

Everyone has the same opportunity to research, as I did. If they are unsure, they can ask their physician. By the way, not all physicians even recommend or advocate the shot, did you know that?

The reality of the matter is that, as I've stated previously, scientists don't know which strain or strains of flu are going to be most active, so they take a shot in the dark with a vaccine (non proven, of course, because you can't prove what you don't really know to begin with) that they HOPE will be the most effective. And the best way that they can come up with to do so is to use a minute amount of the live virus, which makes some more apt to get more ill.

Scary? NOpe, not for me, I don't "scare" easily. Expensive? EXTREMELY.

And, I'm sorry, but I"m not going to lie to people and promote propaganda. If I can't even get my doctor to say it's 100% necessary, I'm not going to tell others that it is.

Oh, and I"m not "hesitant". I flat out refuse. No hesitation there!

The truth is, the best way to keep flu from spreading is to isolate yourself or family members who come down with it, use preventive measures, treat the symptoms, stay hydrated, and get your rest. The shot may help, it may not. If you get a strain that they didn't plan for, it won't. And since they can't predict exactly which strain or strains will be most active in any given season, their effectiveness isn't that great.

LOL...Period. The End.

Jen - posted on 10/03/2013

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That link is to the abstract of a peer-reviewed study.

Shawnn, I'm sorry that you got sick, that sounds terrible and frightening. And I understand why you would be hesitant to get the flu vaccine again. But trying to convince others to not get vaccinated against the flu is just wrong. The truth is, getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu from spreading (I mean besides washing your hands, of course). It is everyone's personal choice if they want to get vaccinated, but I am just trying to help save lives by spreading the word about how dangerous, and deadly, the flu can be for babies.

This anti-vaccine culture is so frustrating, because it is harmful to all, and it sows doubt in the minds of those who are not knowledgeable in science and medicine.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/03/2013

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It's not anecdotal advice, Jen, it is my solid opinion, and that's what this board is for. And, my opinion is just as valid or relevant as yours is! But thanks for the laugh.

and you suggesting an internet site as a backup for your opinion goes directly against your previous post to Dove stating "don't believe everything you see on the Internet"...LOL which is highly amusing...if not contradictory!

Like Dove so nicely stated: "You have faith in the flu shot and that works for you. I don't and that works for me. Period. The End."

Well, I agree. And I've been healthier for the last 14 years by NOT getting that shot. So have my kids, so has my husband...so like it or lump it, honey, NOT EVERYONE has to see things your way.

You go ahead and get that shot. No one's stopping you. Have your kids get it, encourage your family, etc, all you want. But don't get your knickers in a wad just because you aren't universally agreed with!

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Cecilia - posted on 10/05/2013

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The only person who flu shots in our house is my husband because he works in health care. I choose not to get it for the rest of us.

Funny enough I think we already got the flu. We were all sick (cept for hubby) and we survived it okay. So yes, maybe it did work for him and i'm glad he wasn't sick with us (because he's the biggest baby) I never once thought to rethink my choice not to get it next year.

Although being sick sucks, it is rare to have serious complications from it. Some ibuprofen, halls, chicken soup and sleep is all we needed for about 3-4 days.

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My whole family gets the flu shot every year. Sometimes we get sick, other times it seems to work. Or we get a mild cold instead. Like the doctor says there is no guarantee but at least I feel peace of mind that I did what could possibly be done to my family.

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2013

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Well I work in retail and don't get the Flu shot. I haven't had the flu for years and the same with my children that go to school and daycare. I have never had the Flu shot and don't see the point in it really. I have heard numerous people get really sick after getting the shot rather than letting nature take it's course and maybe not even get it during the flu season.
It's a personal opinion and telling people they have to get it goes against people's basic rights to choose for themselves. We are all allowed our own opinion and it's fine to voice yours but there's no need to get upset when others don't have the same opinion.
I am also not anti-vaccine, all my children are up to date with their vaccines, I just don't see the point of the flu shot. I make sure my kids are healthy and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to help their immune system. That's the best preventative I know of.

Dove - posted on 10/03/2013

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My mom works in health care and is one of the biggest germaphobes I know. She also flat out refuses the flu shot every year. ;)

Jen... you are telling everyone to get the flu shot. No one else is telling anyone NOT to do it. Just that we don't.

I get that you are passionate about this topic and that is great, but other opinions are not automatically wrong just because you disagree w/ them.

Jen - posted on 10/03/2013

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Shawnn, your anecdotal evidence is not relevant here, you have a sample size of 2. I didn't say you won't get sick, but it will reduce your RISK of getting the flu.
Here is what the science shows:
In a 2003-2004 study with over 5,000 6-21 month old babies/toddlers, two doses of the flu vaccine (babies getting their first flu vaccination should get two doses) reduced doctors visits for influenza-like symptoms by 69%. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17137...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/03/2013

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I quit getting flu shots when I made the correlation between getting the shot and being more ill than I'd ever been. This happened with both hubby and I for 2 years in a row, so you can't tell me that "you won't get sick" by getting the shot.

We actually both were hospitalized with flu the second year we got the shot.

So, nope don't get 'em, don't have my kids get 'em, and actively encourage everyone I know NOT to do so.

Preventive care works just as well. If you're sick, STAY HOME. If your kid is sick, KEEP THEM HOME. The shot cannot cover every strain of flu out there, nor do they even try to. It's basically a hit and miss, actually. Scientists try to forecast what the "most common" strains will be in a given year, and attempt to develop a shot that will attempt to counter their forecast.

So, nope, not ever going to do it again.

Jodi - posted on 10/03/2013

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I don't do flu shots either. In Australia, it isn't actually recommended that everyone get it. Only young children, the sick and the elderly (those most at risk). Flu shots only cover a small percentage of strains so it isn't even close to 100% effective against the flu. Most people only get the flu a few times in a lifetime naturally anyway.

Dove - posted on 10/02/2013

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I'm not anti-vaccines.... just anti the flu shot. And I didn't get my information off the internet, but I have never and will never get a flu shot..

Perhaps I should have left off the second sentence in my original reply. It is a fact that there are many, many, many strains of the flu though... and new strains every year... and the flu shot only protects against the strain (or strains?) they 'think' will be more involved in any given year.

You have faith in the flu shot and that works for you. I don't and that works for me. Period. The End.

Jen - posted on 10/02/2013

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Dove, that's not how vaccines work, otherwise there would be super polio and super hepatitis. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Vaccines save lives. Period. The End.

Dove - posted on 10/02/2013

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We don't get flu shots. I'm not interested in helping to breed super bugs.

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