my child is going to be 4 months on sunday. is he still to young to get the flu shot?

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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the h1n1 virus. can my child get the shot at his next appointment. to many children and pregnant women are getting killed by this.

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Lori - posted on 10/25/2009

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If you breastfeed your Baby you confer your acquired immunity to them.That is better than vaccine acquired immunity. There are risks to using vaccines you need to look at the numbers. the flu vaccine contains traces of mercury in the thimerisol used to preserve it, if that is not safe for babies and pregnant women when we are talking about fish consumption then it is equally not safe in vaccines, there is a risk benefit ratio that must be considered . if you have chronic respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis than the flu shot is an acceptable risk as you are at a higher risk for complications from the flu.

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This is a subject that really should be discussed with your GP or pediatrician. Safer for you and your little baby!

Neicy - posted on 10/22/2009

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absolutely yes! i would wait until that is perfected, there is a video out where a grown woman got that shot and now has to do everything backwards, and has real bad seizures. do ur research 1st. gl

Jamie - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter didn't get her flu shot till she went for her 9 month shots. The pediatrician said she was just old enough. It comes in 2 parts. She gets the 2nd half when she goes back for her 12month appointment. But my daughter was sick for about a week after she got the shot. The best thing to do is ask your pediatrician and ask the risk and side effects as well.

Kristina - posted on 10/22/2009

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The baby has to be at least 6 months old. It will probably still be available in two more months. I know this because I work in pediatrics.

Amanda - posted on 10/22/2009

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I work in a pharmacy and unfortunately they have to be 12 months. If you got the flu shot while you were pregnant it also vaccinated him but I know it sucks about the h1n1

Christina - posted on 10/22/2009

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you also should look up the side effects first. there are some makers of the vaccine that will not give it to their kids. from what i looked up it is linked to giving kids autism and worsening mental issues in people

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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yes he is to young.. my baby is also 4 months and his doctor said that i couldnt get it until he was 6months of age.. i would not get the h1n1 shot because its not bein tested much and it dont seem safe,,

Tracy - posted on 10/22/2009

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I just found out that a friend of mine has H1N1 her 10yr old daughter has it too. When my daughter was 2 weeks old my friend was visiting and held her. She had no symptoms at the time but had been ill 2 weeks before. Appearently the virus can come on mildly and go away then come back with a vengance. I'm very concerned but my daughter and I haven't had any symptoms. I feel that we both have been exposed and hopefully this will protect us later on. My daughter is also too young for the vaccination and honestly I don't think I would give it to her if even if she was. I have a hard time trusting the pharmesutical companies, especially since the Canadian government has promised to protect these companies from lawsuites if any bad side effects appear!!!!

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my opinion... i wouldnt give it to him at any age .. usually after taking any type of flu shots u get sick immediatly after u take it so no thanks i think my son will be just fine without any experimental vaccines!!

Rose - posted on 10/22/2009

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my doc says its ok to do at 6 months but better if the baby is a year. babies immune systems are so weak so its hard for them to fight anything such as cold or shots but i would check with your doc since doc knows your baby better than any of us do

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2009

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I think they have to be 9months...and I would never give my child the flu shot for h1n1 its to new.Just my opinion

Sarah - posted on 10/22/2009

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Children under 6 months should not get the flu shot. If you want to protect him, the best prevention is for the other people in your household to get the flu shot yourselves.

Andee - posted on 10/22/2009

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I would not get a flu shot of any kind. Too many bad stories I have been hearing lately.

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Hannah:



Quoting Jessica:

As a nurse I wanted to add to this post... 6 months is the earliest, that's totally correct. MEANWHILE... so far as I know (and this was according to my own hospital's research through the CDC) any deaths due to H1N1 have been due to weakened immune systems and preexisting illnesses.

We don't need to alienate our babies/pregnant women; we simply need to be vigilant about Universal Precautions around them. Wash hands often (sing the ABCs 3 times to ensure the antibacterial soap works its best), cover your cough with your sleeve, ditch that sneeze rag that people often carry in their pockets (you can get mini-kleenex multipaks at most stores for $1), if you feel unwell, take your temp, record your symptoms. Most clinics won't see 'flu' patients until a fever has passed a certain degree or lasted for more than 3 days WITH fever reducing over the counter meds.

Lets not panic! Common sense and patience will get us through this :)





 






This should really end any sort of debate going on.






 






And I personally will never give my daughter these seasonal vaccinations. And certainly your baby is too young for it.






Sadly it won't end. 



 



Neither myself nor my kids have gotten the seasonal shots (age 8 yrs and 1 yr).  I'm downright militant about handwashing.  I'm a private care nurse, I only have the 1 patient - who has gotten a flu shot; I know there's more "at risk" than myself.  I take my youngest to work, so there's no daycare germs.  My girlfriend's DD just got over H1N1.  No hospitalization, no complications, she slept, ate soup, watched movies for 5 days.  Oh, and NO DEATH.



 



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FOR HIS SAKE I HOPE THAT HE IS TOO YOUNG... Go to www.insideedition.com and look up the story about the NFL cheerleader who go tthe flu shot on Aug 23, 2009 and 10 days later she was crippled by a nervous disorder caused by the flu shot.



Good Luck,

*S*

Hannah - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

As a nurse I wanted to add to this post... 6 months is the earliest, that's totally correct. MEANWHILE... so far as I know (and this was according to my own hospital's research through the CDC) any deaths due to H1N1 have been due to weakened immune systems and preexisting illnesses.

We don't need to alienate our babies/pregnant women; we simply need to be vigilant about Universal Precautions around them. Wash hands often (sing the ABCs 3 times to ensure the antibacterial soap works its best), cover your cough with your sleeve, ditch that sneeze rag that people often carry in their pockets (you can get mini-kleenex multipaks at most stores for $1), if you feel unwell, take your temp, record your symptoms. Most clinics won't see 'flu' patients until a fever has passed a certain degree or lasted for more than 3 days WITH fever reducing over the counter meds.

Lets not panic! Common sense and patience will get us through this :)


 



This should really end any sort of debate going on.



 



And I personally will never give my daughter these seasonal vaccinations. And certainly your baby is too young for it.

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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Not due to other conditions? Where did you read that??? Anything other than the CDC, AAP, WHO or any other credible source is simply feeding into panic and misinformation.



*sigh* I'm so damned sick of people scaring people for such a blown-up thing. "Big Medicine" is NOT out to kill us, maim us, or otherwise cause us harm. You want to blame someone... try a bank executive.

Monique - posted on 10/22/2009

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Hi, any deaths due to vaccines of any kind is not due to weekened immune systems and preexisting illness. If I were you I would do a lot of research before deciding to vaccinate. There are a lot of pros and cons out there. As the parent of your child you are the one that has to make the choice, no one else can do that for you. But always make an informed choice and never let anyone scare you into making it. There are Dr. that are against vaccines as well as parents of vaccine damaged children. The number of deaths that occur are much higher then the medical community is letting on. You will find this as you do your research and much more.

Again make sure you have all the facts and then decide. Check out the interview that Kevin Gianni did with Dr. Williams (who is a flue specialist) and one of the foremost Dr.'s on immunity. It's available on the www.renegadehealth.com

All the best.
Monique

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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As a nurse I wanted to add to this post... 6 months is the earliest, that's totally correct. MEANWHILE... so far as I know (and this was according to my own hospital's research through the CDC) any deaths due to H1N1 have been due to weakened immune systems and preexisting illnesses.



We don't need to alienate our babies/pregnant women; we simply need to be vigilant about Universal Precautions around them. Wash hands often (sing the ABCs 3 times to ensure the antibacterial soap works its best), cover your cough with your sleeve, ditch that sneeze rag that people often carry in their pockets (you can get mini-kleenex multipaks at most stores for $1), if you feel unwell, take your temp, record your symptoms. Most clinics won't see 'flu' patients until a fever has passed a certain degree or lasted for more than 3 days WITH fever reducing over the counter meds.



Lets not panic! Common sense and patience will get us through this :)

Elizabeth - posted on 10/22/2009

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I was told that they cannot have it untill at least a year old but im not sure i would check with your doctor just to be safe.

Lydia - posted on 10/22/2009

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Just try and make sure they dont go to any high risk areas where the flu will most likely be found, plenty of hand washing and you could also try supplementing your vit C intake (if you are breastfeeding) as it may help boost his immunity. Just for a little added comfort - just because he is exposed to it doesnt mean he will get it. Nick and I both got some serious gastro while Lily was still that small and she didnt get it :)

Tiffany - posted on 10/22/2009

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Well i would have to say call your doctor and double check but i beilive when my son got his they said over 6 months

Bridget - posted on 10/22/2009

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Yes, he has to be at least 6 months old. If it's spreading around in your community, just try to take universal precautions such as avoiding taking him a lot of public places & handwashing, etc.. for the next couple of months.

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