Swine Flu Vaccination....Do I?...Dont I??...

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Hi! Needing some opinions/advice on the swine flu vaccination. I received a letter from my GP saying that my 9month old daughter is being offered the vaccine as she is a high risk patient because of her age. The trouble is, I'm just not sure whether to let her have it or not. She is totally up2 date with her other vaccines, as I personally believe all children should be kept safe from disease that way (just my personal views, I knw not every1 feels the same, and I respect that), but I'm kinda dubious with the swine flu jab as its a brand new treatment n I'm not sure that there could have been all that much research into it as swine flu really hasnt been around for that long. Have any of u guys let your child have it? or does any1 know the latest information on it? Ive googled it, been on the nhs website and spoke 2 my mum and sister about it (my nieces have all had it) but I'm still undecided. I want my daughter to stay healthy and do whats best for her, but is allowing her 2 have the vaccine actually doing that? or is it just gonna make her ill? HELP!!

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Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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Having spoke 2 my GP, I have now made an appointment for my daughter to have the vaccine. I knw many of you will probably not agree with my decision, but I have made an educated choice having been given all the facts and figures by my doctor. Thank you for all of your replies. They have all helped in some way or another x

Gwen - posted on 02/22/2010

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I didn't have H1N1 or seasonal flu and neither did my daughter. We are both healthy and don't have any medical issues to put us at higher risk. So far, we've had nothing worse than cough and runny nose.

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2010

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Thanx for all your help guys, but I'm still really undecided, I think maybe I'll go speak with my doctor and see what info he can give me. It's so hard as I just dont know what to do for the best. x

Natalie - posted on 02/19/2010

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i took my now 6 year old, and got it myself (i'm pregnant). kinda glad i did. My cousin was over last weekend with her kids and her son was throwing up on there way up here. they stayed the whole weekend and he was sick the whole time. he was all over me and played constantly with my daughter and slept in her room. When monday came, his dad took him to the doctor and they said he had swine flu. My cousin called me to let me know, but me and my daughter were fine. Not sure if it was because we had the vaccine or not, but i'm glad i was prepared and had it done especially sine i am due next week...

Becky - posted on 02/19/2010

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I did not get it for my 2 year old son. Here in Canada, they did not offer a Thimerisol-free version, and they also added an adjuvant to it, which has never been tested on children under the age of 6. Based on those 2 things, I wasn't comfortable giving it to him. He has all his routine vaccinations as well, but we don't do the seasonal flu, and didn't do this one. I got for myself because I knew I was going to have to have surgery and decided that since I'd be in the hospital with a bunch of sick people, I didn't want to bring it home to my boys. (my youngest is too young for the shot.)

In my opinion, at this point, the flu season is almost over anyways, so I would skip it for this year and if you feel like she should have it, get it next flu season, when it's been around a little longer and she's a little older and less vulnerable to negative effects from the vaccine.

Allison - posted on 02/19/2010

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I know exactly how you feel. My husband and I were against getting the vaccine for us and our 4 children. Then...my youngest was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and in orde rto protect him, we all had to get it. And we are fine. No problems. And we were all given both the flu and h1n1 at the same time, (ages 33, 34, 17, 7, 5 - the baby was too young, but will be getting it soon). Hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2010

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I'm still trying to decide what I want to do, too, when the time comes. My son will be old enough for the swine flu vaccine next month, but I'm not sure I'm going to have him get it. I got the swine flu vaccine & the seasonal flu vaccine when he was about 6 weeks old. I didn't have any side effects from it, but that's not a guarantee that my son won't have any problems. I doubt I'll have him get it at such a young age, but I'm not 100% positive yet.

Amy - posted on 02/19/2010

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i just recently had my 18 mth daughter vaccinated with swine flu and she didnt have any problems with it no sickness or anything i feel that it is a vaccine that children should get as swine flu is supposed to be getting around pretty bad this flu season i believe its a small price to pay instead of your child catching it and ending up in hospital or even worse the unthinkable happens as according to the stats more children died from it last year then adults

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2010

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H1N1 is history. There is no epidemic, there hasn't been one(at least in the states) I feel I got mine for absolutely NO reason. I have a 4yo and a 10mo, totally useless flu season is practically over.

Chasity - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son's doctor told me that is was totally up to me and that it wasn't a big deal if my son got it or didn't get it. He is 1.

Amy - posted on 02/19/2010

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I was going on a cruise and didnt feel safe going on it without the H1N1. So I got it, its completely fine. Talk to your doctor about it and see what their views are on it. Good Luck!

Susan - posted on 02/19/2010

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i had both my sons done my youngest got his second dose back in January and got sick that night. throwing up and fever, but he was fine the next day. still glad i did get them vaccinated because h1n1 is starting to increase again.i didn't want to take a chance that my nine year old got it from school and then give it to my 20 month old.

Charlene - posted on 02/19/2010

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I would honestly say no way don't do it, but it is you choice and no one elses. I didn't get the shot, nor my husband or my 9 month old and 2 1/2 yr old. I'll tell you one thing, my mom works at a doctors office and my kids pediatrian office on weekends, the pediatrain office had a H1N1 clinic and all the staff got the shot, including my mom. Her bosses (doctors) at the full time office did not get the shot. Anyway ....MY MOM was the 1 in a million that GOT a really BAD REACTION from the shot. AND IT WAS FROM THE SHOT. it has been reported to Health Canada. She got BELLS PALSY from the shot, she woke up one morning about 10 days after the shot and her whole left side of her face was paralyzed, can't use her mouth, blink or close her eye, now she has a ringing in her ear that she needs sleeping pills to sleep. She has seen a neuroligist a few times, had nerve testing done twice, MRI, cat scans and they have said to her that they can't promise it will heal 100% and don't know how long it will take to get better, if it does, could take up to a year or more. So after this happened I'm SO GLAD I didn't get the shot and especially not my kids, I couldn't imagine waking up one day and they are paralyzed, how would I know? My 9 month old can't tell me if something is wrong. All I have to say is that I'm sad that this has happened to my mom and glad that is wasn't any worse like her legs paralyzed, like in some cases. If it can happen to someone in MY family, it could happen to me or my kids. Everyones chemical make-up is different and not everyone will get a bad reaction, but is that a risk I'm willing to take? No! I know lots of people who got the Swine Flu and they ALL are just fine. As far as the deaths go, all those people have had underlying conditions, we have to look at why these people died. The media likes to freak people out and scare us, now I don't hear about the flu on the news. Yes they will be mixing the regular flu shot and swine together for next fall, I personally don't get the flu shot, I found that I still got a bad flu that season when I did get the shot, and didn't whe I didn't get it. I rather practice good hand washing and try everything else I can to protect my kids without getting the shot. You should look up the side effects that the shot can have, you will be shocked that so many people were willing to risk these, ie.. it can cause still born, miscarrages, infertial, etc... sorry about any spelling mistakes!

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I got the h1n1 shot for myself since I'm pregnant and to me it's just like a regular flu shot. I didn't have any weird side affects, however I did not get my 12 month old vaccinated. We were scared that we were going to catch it but he's almost 18 months old now and we haven't gotten it at all. We stayed home a lot when everyone around here was getting sick with it, and when we did go out we used the antibacterial wipes that they have right there by the carts in all of the groccery stores and we were sure to use purel when we got back to the car. There's ways you can prevent it and if you're cautious you won't have to worry about getting the vaccine or catching it. However if your child is in daycare you might want to do a bit of researching on it. I know quite a few people who have gotten the vaccine including myself and haven't had any side affects, but I also know that different things affect people differently. So I would most definetly check it out.

Jesika - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son got the H1N1 vaccine 3 months ago and he's been perfect! the nurse told me babies tend to get sick after the 2nd half of the vaccine but cade never got sick. so its up to you. so far i havent heard anything bad about the vaccine. good luck on ur decision. :)

Meagan - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son is 10 months old and he got the H1N1 vaccine and he was fine afterwards. he slept pretty good after getting it too.I decided to have my son vaccinated because of how fast it was spreading. I don't really see any issue with getting it but it's ur choice and if you don't feel comfortable I wouldn't do it.

Karen - posted on 02/19/2010

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i personally am giving it to my son next month as soon as he is old enough...i protect him from everything else, why not this? my husband and i both received it before christmas and had no side effects other then a bit of a sore arm. my gp told me that because they are expecting a fall wave of the h1n1 again that most likely it will be a part of the regular flu shot next fall....so either way, if your family gets the flu shot each year your little one will probably end up with it soon. good luck in your decision - you will find many different opinions on here about it and i hope that they help you decide :)

September - posted on 02/19/2010

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Actually just so you know the swine flu has been around for a long time, it's not new. Also the swine flu vaccination has had as much research as any other seasonal flu vaccination. My whole family has had the vaccination and we are all doing really well! I guess in the end it's a personal choice that you have to make. I would do some research beforehand so that you can make an educated decision. Best wishes!

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2010

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It is a choice that is all yours. People kept telling me that since my daughter was in school she needed it. I had talked to her dr and her dr didn't reccomend me getting it for her. she said that shince i had already gotten her the seasonal shot that i didn't need to get her the new one. and her dr wasnt really giving it to thier patients unless the parents themselves were asking for it because they said that its still too new and like you said not enough reseach has been done and not enough proof is there to back it up! i know moms who have gotten it for their kids and they were sick for a week!!! so again the choice is yours but i didnt give it to my daughter and i wouldn't really reccomend anyone getting it yet at least not untill its better studied!!

Bev - posted on 02/19/2010

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my family isnt getting the h1n1 vaccine because we are generally healthy. we have no under lying medical issues that would put us at serious risk.

when you consider that more people died from the seasonal flu than the h1n1 virus, do you really think its necessary to get the vaccine?

i have been very cautious with my daughter and really kept an eye on any cold she has had, and even got her tested for h1n1 once. but im not going to give her a vaccine that hasnt had alot of research done on it.

Amber - posted on 02/19/2010

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My opinion is that you should do it. I did it. why not? right? it protects her from getting the swine flu which can easily kill babies. you really should. just my opinion :) hope it helps!

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I was offered the swine flu vaccine for my daughter recently and I declined because I personally didn't feel safe giving it to her. She has had her regular flu shot but I decided since this is a new vaccine that just came out onto the market I'd wait because it is still has to go through the trial and error phase in the public and like you said it's been around for such a short time. I did tell the doctor next year we will do both but as for right now I just don't feel comfortable with it.

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