will you be giving your child the swine flu jab? so undecided

NICOLA - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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my son is two and a half and will be offered the swine flu jab very shortly and i have no idea as to weather or not i should give it to him was just wondering if you will give your children it and are there any risks as a result of getting it thanxs

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Andrea - posted on 01/29/2010

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my 4 year old has just had it 2 weeks ago. i was wondering the same and the possibilities of any side effects after, but she had none. they do say if they get a temperature just to give them childs nurofen etc. think the pros out weigh the cons

Jean - posted on 01/28/2010

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I realize I'm a little late in responding to this but if you haven't given your 2 year old the swine flu shot I would recommend that before you give any shots to your children to do some research on immunizations and inoculations. You may be surprised at what you learn.

Marta - posted on 01/27/2010

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No, I wouldn't give it to anyone. I think putting more viruses into your system is bad. There has been some pretty dab experiences in Europe with caccines for swine flu. And a lot of people have had it, and it is just a normal flu. I believe the media has exagerated incredibly about the swine flu. More people die of normal flu during the year than swine flu. I wouldn't even think of giving to my son

Holly - posted on 01/26/2010

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This is exactly what I think about it too! Also one of the doctor's at my doctor's office was very rude about the fact that I wouldn't get it & kept trying to change my mind. He then wrote down in my file that I was "unconcerned about my health". That actually could not be further from the truth, I just don't think that this has been around long enough to know all the side effects/long term effects.

Kim - posted on 01/26/2010

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@ Gwen Covert - I completely agree!



I am a teacher, and we got the information on the shot when it came to our school. I chose not to get it, or to get it for my 8 month old. In my entire adult life, I have never gotten vaccinated for the flu, and have never had it! A friend of mine (also a teacher) had her 4 year old daughter vaccinated for the flu this season, and the child ended up getting the flu twice! Plus, with the H1N1 shot having mercury, formaldehyde, and carcinogens in it (on top of a nasty virus), there was no way I was getting those toxins injected into myself or my sweet girl!!

Amber - posted on 01/26/2010

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YES! i gave my 2 year old the shot, i think everyone should get it, i dont want to risk her getting it, they can die from the swine flu! I think you should definately do it.

Ruth - posted on 01/23/2010

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Yes all children should be vaccinated against swine flu,This flu can progress to afull blown pneumonia with complications in a matter of a few hours.Give your child the best way to conquer this illness with vaccination

Eugina - posted on 01/23/2010

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I got it my 2,5,&6 yr old. back in november no side effects yet and it's january. We haven't gotten colds this year. we also got regular flu shots also no side effects and family has all been well.

Esther - posted on 01/22/2010

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Quoting Theresa:

I chose not to give it to my one year old. I personally don't feel there's been anough testing on it. i also feel that the swine flu hasn't been as big a deal as their saying it was going to be. I understand you can die from it, but it's usually from some underlying condition. My daughter is perfectly helthy so I didn't see a need for it.




I thought so too, but then I heard that the 17 year old son of one of the partners in my office died a few months ago and he had no underlying condition at all. He had just started college a week before. It hit a little too close to home for my comfort.

Esther - posted on 01/22/2010

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I just had the doctor give it to my son yesterday. I decided that I wouldn't be able to live with myself if he got it and I hadn't protected him from it. He's also in full-time daycare so he gets exposed to a lot of bugs. Since my son has never had any negative side-effects from any type of shot, I went for it. And he's perfectly fine today. Not so much as a rash. He didn't even cry when they gave him both shots (flu and H1N1). My pediatrician also said that they are expecting a second wave of the flu in February so that also was a factor in my decision to have him get his shots now.

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2010

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Ultimately you have to make the decision that feels best to you. My only suggestion to everyone is to look at BOTH sides of the whole "vaccine debate." You should not make decisions based on one study. Real scientific theory is based on evidence that can be replicated over and over again. One (or even two) study means nothing. .

Kim - posted on 01/22/2010

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I agree with Michelle...Too many glitches for me just yet. I "struggled" for weeks with this decision. Literally made myself sick. Ultimately I decided against it.

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The H1N1 vaccine is made from the same company that makes the regular flu shot. It is just a separate vaccine because they did not have time to include it with the first one. Next year it will all be combined into one. My family has had both shots. The scare with this strain is that it has not been around in a long time which will cause a very severe flu illness for those that get sick. I asked the nurses at our pediatricians office and they all gave it to their children. I have not heard that it carries any more risk than the original flu shot. Talk to you childs doctor though with any worries. It would be bad for your son to get sick with it.

Valerie - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am an RN and am currently giving H1N1 shots at various clinics. I personally would not give the shot ( or inhalant) to my children. That sounds strange since I give them. But I feel if you take extra precautions ( keeping them away from sick kids, handwashing, handwashing, handwashing) you can prevent a lot of the things kids can get. There are also very good spray disinfectants that you can even carry in your purse that are effective. I know kids get very sick with this flu, but generally speaking in my own opinion, we are over the worst of it. For what it is worth. I do however feel that adults should get the seasonal flu shot at least every other year.

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2010

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hi both my daughters had it but my youngest was rushed to hospital after having the jab as it made her windpipe close she had to have to lots of steroids and she also suffered with croupe (my oldest daughter has asthma my youngest has a heart problem )

Libby - posted on 01/21/2010

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I got my son the swine flu jab, because he is asmatic, i was afraid that his hand would swell up and there would be a worse side affect but notting happened to him, he was a bit tired and off form a small bit but he was good after a good nights sleep.

Ganesa - posted on 01/20/2010

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NO. There is alot of conflict on this issue but it really comes down to facts:
1. The governing bodies who released the "swine flu" shot have admitted there is no greater risk of fatality from the flu that there is from the regular seasonal flu.
2.The shot forces your immune system to go into overdrive, actually putting your body into an unnatural and potentially dangerous situation.
3. The testing for the shot was rushed, there ARE harmful ingrediants in it, it has caused great harm to MANY who received it.
4. Our bodies are designed to defend and protect themselves. We must stop injecting ourselves and our kids with unknown substances just because a commercial, a doctor or the government says we should.
Do what you think is best, but research it first. You'll be surprised what you find.

Geneal - posted on 01/20/2010

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I got both of my children the H1N1 shot and all it did was give them a bad cold. And my aunt got her 2 kids the shot and my cousin got the H1N1 still. In my opinion, I really dont think it works.

Laila - posted on 01/20/2010

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We got both of our children ages 7 and 10 immunized. Though the swine flu is no where near the pandemic they though it would be (no shock there) our 7 year old has Virally Induced Asthma so there was NO way we were taking chances! It's a personal choice and everyone is going to have an oppinion, you have to do what you think is right for you and your family.

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We all got vaccinated in my family including my 17 month old son and we are all doing fine. None of us had any complications afterwards. I've heard a lot of people talking about how the vaccination kills (my friend included)... but where in the world did they hear this from? I've heard horror stories of people that didn't get vaccinated and then caught the swine flu including a pregnant woman. She didn't get the vaccination then caught the swine flu while pregnant, it caused a lot of complications during pregnancy and almost killed them both. I was told by my doctor and my sons pediatrician that there are no bigger risks than the regular flu shot so I got one for us all as soon as they were available for us.

Gwen - posted on 01/20/2010

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No. I believe in vaccinations, but when it comes to flu, pneumonia, etc. I think we OVER vaccinate.

Laura - posted on 01/20/2010

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The risk of serious complications or even death from the Swine Flu far outway the risks from the vacination! I got the shot as did my grown children and all my Grandchildren. No reactions at all!! How would you feel if you passed up the shot and your child got this really serious strain of the flu?

Annie - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son is only not quite two months old. I got both the flu tn H1N1 shot. For the annual flue I got the shot without the ingredient some think is linked to autism to be safe. For your peace of mind you can look up the Product Insert or PI online and see if it has that ingredient in it. The one I got did not. I cant speak for all the H1N1 because they are not a ll made by the same manufacturer. Just ask to see the Product Insert at your drs. before you decide thats the most sound advice I can give. Hope it helps

Glenda - posted on 01/20/2010

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Yes! I did. Luckily. There were so many kids becoming seriously ill. She had the mist and it was worth it for the peace of mind I have now. She hasn't a sniffle or anything since.

Cori - posted on 01/20/2010

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No! My son was 4 months old when I got H1N1. He was too young to be vaccinated then but through help from my hubby and mom I was able to keep my distance from him. I also washed my hands a lot and kept my mouth covered with a mask when I needed to hold him. He never got it.

Now he is 7 and half months old and I decided not to have him vaccinated for H1N1 or regular flu. Kids already get waaaaay too many shots now. There is too much info linking vaccines to Autism- especially shots when they are little. My son is always with family anyway (no day care), so my doc agreed with my decision. Plus she told me that most child deaths and severe cases are in kids that didn't have proper medical care or had prior conditions that made it worse. In most cases a child will actually get over H1N1 faster than an adult.

La - posted on 01/20/2010

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I won't be giving it to my daughter and no one in my family will be getting it either including myself.

Laurice - posted on 01/20/2010

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I had my daughter get it and she is just over a year now. I decided that the risks are a lot smaller than the flu. And with so many people that were dying when I got her the shot, I couldnt see a reason not to give it to her.

Karen - posted on 01/20/2010

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in a couple of months my son will be old enough to receive it and he will be getting it. if i chose not to get it for him and he got sick i would feel so guilty knowing that i could have protected him from it. i believe it is very safe (my husband and i both got it already) and i would rather be safe then sorry. good luck in your decision, but if you're up in the air about it, talk to your dr, he/she will give you the proper information that might help you make your decision

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I too think there has not been enough testing...I am not going to put some unknown stuff into by child's body just because the media tells me to. I've heard most Dr. aren't even using it. You do what you feel is the best for your family, though. I just wish we didn't have to worry about that stuff with our little ones:(

September - posted on 01/20/2010

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Our whole family was vaccinated just recently. We are all doing well :) The risks are the same as any seasonal flu shot and our whole family got that one too.

Nikki - posted on 01/20/2010

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NO I am not going to take the risk of a brand new shot with no one knowing the long term side effects. My son is a completely healthy thriving 7 month old , Im not willing to allow him to be a guinea pig, We are careful, I wash his hands and mine constantly and we avoid being around ppl with the flu. This whole swine flu thing has gone way out of proportion, more ppl die from the common cold every year and you don't see the media scaring us about that. I believe he should be able to build up his immune system on his own!! and with no underlying conditions I don't believe the jab is necessary, it's too new!!!

Joy - posted on 01/20/2010

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We had the swine flu in our house before the vaccination could be replenished. My boyfriend and I both got it, along with one of our older children. I would never wish that kind of sickness on anyone. I could barely move but had 4 kids to take care of, my fever hit 104, I hurt everywhere, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, and i couldn't take the meds that they typically perscribe cause I am allergic to them. So it took me even longer to get over it. Since then, the three other kids have been vaccinated, cause I didn't want to take the chance. Ultimately it is your choice, but make sure you weigh both options. And then make the decision you feel is right.

Gina - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son has a heart condition so it is important to keep him vaccinated. Both of my neices got Swine flu and they were so sick. I wish they would have been vaccinated too

Theresa - posted on 01/20/2010

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I chose not to give it to my one year old. I personally don't feel there's been anough testing on it. i also feel that the swine flu hasn't been as big a deal as their saying it was going to be. I understand you can die from it, but it's usually from some underlying condition. My daughter is perfectly helthy so I didn't see a need for it. Her doctor was just fine with my decision and didn't question me at all. I also chose not to vaccinate myself. I''m pregnant and due in March. Now on the other hand my doctor was not very thrilled with my decision and tried to change my mind. I just styaed with what I had decided. I would say to look as much info as you can up on the internet. In the end it has to be whatever choice you're comfortable with. One thing about the H1N1 is they do not offer one without Mercury (thermidisol). Mercury is one of the things that has been liked to autism. There are people (including the vaccine companies) who will say that there is no link between the two. Yet since that study came out mercury has been removed from every childhood vaccine with the exception of the flu vaccines. You can get the SEASONAL flu vaccine without it, but you have to specifically ask. But the H1N1 is not made in a mercury free form.

Sara - posted on 01/20/2010

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I got my daughter immunized. Just last week I took her to her 15 month well child visit and met a mom in the waiting room whose son had just been hospitalized with H1N1. She said he was really, really sick. He had not gotten the shot. I'm not willing to take that kind of chance with my child.



There's no special indications about the shot, it carries the same risks as any other vaccine and any other flu vaccine.

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