h1n1 shot

Melissa - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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how do u as a mom feel about getting you and your children the h1n1 shot? I have a 5 year old with asthma and I am almost 4 months pregnant and I am pretty unsure of what to do. I have asked some dr's and they tell me that it is fully up to me they will not give their input to make the decision on my own so what have u decided to do and why please let me know what u think the more opinions the better so I can make a better decision

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Welch - posted on 11/09/2009

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to be honest i would give ur child the injection because ur child has ashma. i would be reluctant to give my child the tamiflu tablets but not injection. just make sure if ur child has had reaction to injection before there is two versions one with egg and one without for those who have allergies to egg in injections.p.s im also a nurse have had it myself no prob at all just bit sore arm for few days after.when available my daughter will be getting it as if u didnt and anything happened u,d never forgive urself.

Ava - posted on 11/08/2009

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I work at the local Health Dept. I am not giving my child H1N1. It's free for me and I'm not taking it either. The researchers aren't even sure. I even skipped this years flu shot for my son.

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Have to agree with Melissa on this one. We are in NZ and the H1N1 shot is not available here yet, when it is we will be getting it (all of our family) because I work with older people and cancer patients also. With a toddler in the house it is just not worth the risk of getting sick, specially when there is something out there to prevent it.
What was the story about the flood and the man who prayed to God to save him. One by one three different people came along in boats and asked him to come with them. His reply was no thank you I am waiting for God to save me. This man drowned and in heaven he asked God why he didn't save him - God's response was I sent three boats, why didn't you get in?
We have been given the skilled people and the technology which has enabled these immunisations. Why not use them and be thankful for the skill of the makers?
Best wishes Lena.

Devon - posted on 11/06/2009

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I would just like to reiterate a few things I said in my last post b/c pple seem to be so misinformed.... the reason H1N1 is getting so much attention and is causing fear in the medical community is that it is killing HEALTHY individuals at the same rate (if not more) as those with underlying medical condition... the seasonal flu kills 4,000-8,000 pple a year here in Canada but the majority of those have underlying medical conditions and are considered elderly so it doesn't get the same press that H1N1 is getting. H1N1 is killing many, many healthy pple. like I said in my last post a 13 yr old boy, healthy, active (a hockey player) died of it a week ago... he went to the doctor but that did not help him and 24hrs later he was dead... in the last couple of days a 2 month old, healthy baby died of it in the hospital i work at... using proper hygiene is well and good but that does not protect you from someone coughing or sneezing on you, which is one of the main ways it is transmitted. Also, I was reading recent posts and it IS NOT true that the vaccine kills pple... if that were true, no government or health institution would allow its use... vaccines are only approved if the risks from getting the illness outweigh the risks that are inherent with any drug or vaccine... yes the vaccine has side effects... sore arm and fatigue being the most common... that is to be expected... after a vaccine is given your body is working hard to build the antibodies to the DEAD virus and that takes energy which makes you more tired than normal... there is no possible way that the vaccine can give you the flu because the virus used is dead... the only one that contains a live virus is the nasal spray one and I don't think that one is even available in Canada... if you are worried about getting the flu from the vaccine then get it as a shot, not the nasal spray... One last thing... it takes 10 days for your body to start having immunity to H1N1 after being immunized so just b/c pple get sick after the vaccine that does not mean they are getting sick from the vaccine... you could be exposed to something in those 10 days and catch it when you do not have the immunity yet and it takes longer than 10 days to have full immunity...
Jessica, I also believe in the power of prayer but I often feel that is a cop out from making an informed decision. God gives us wisdom to make decisions and I also believe he gave us the technology to fight diseases... it's like when my brother had cancer and pple said to just pray and he would be healed... I believe in us helping ourselves to the best of our ability and praying for God to make up the difference... ie take the chemo and pray like crazy... the medical community is there to help us... trust that they are doing their best and pray for God to make up the difference...
Blessings Melissa,
Devon, RN

Dacia - posted on 11/06/2009

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I have 3 children, one who is diabetic, one has asthma and the other healthy. I am so undecided about getting this H1N1 shot! One minute I am going to vaccinate my children and myself (because I would never allow my children to take something I would not take), and the next minute I'm not sure again! My 2 children with pre-exisiting health conditions make me want to take it more than ever, also because they are school aged...that's where all the children are getting it at! I keep them healthy and have been giving them multi vitamins, vit C, oj, zinc, etc....the works! Still unsure.....

Tina - posted on 11/05/2009

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My 16 yr old son has had one I refuse to get one. My granddaughter who is almost 3 is going to get one

Stacey - posted on 11/05/2009

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Iam also having the same problem with deciding whether to get the shot for my 9 month old son. One minute I feel I will and the next I will not. It is everything iam hearing from everyone else good and bad about the vaccine that is making me change my mind all the time. My doctor says he should, but my gut is mostly telling me not too. I think this swine flu is honestly blown way out of proportion and that if you take extra cleanliness precautions you will be safe. Also if your child has any symptons take them to hospital right away. I just dont think I would feel right standing there letting them inject my son with the vaccine that hasnt been tested long enough. it is our job to protect our children so just that I will do. I hope this helped just go with how you feel! Good luck & god bless

Angela - posted on 11/05/2009

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I would recommend seeing a Homeopath. With all the "hype" out there I feel the same way, my son is 5 months old.
People say that Homeopathy has not been tested but it has for over 250 years now and it's safe enough for babies to take as well. That's how I treat any concern that my son has.
I understand how you feel especially where your kids are concerned, stay strong and don't make a decision out of fear but make an educated decision.
http://xerion.ca/PageClass_Home.aspx

Karen - posted on 11/05/2009

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ABSOLUTLY AGAINST!!! my child's pediatrician does not even have it and wont give it!

Jessica - posted on 11/04/2009

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Do more research, b/c that's not true about the seasonal flu shot! It has proven that it kills or does just as much harm as not taking it at all. There are alot of cons, when it comes to it. Read more please.

Peace and Blessings from my family to yours!!

Jessica - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hi, Melissa! My name is Jessica. I'm a Certified Pharmacy Technician/Pharm. student. I work for Walgreen's, here in New Orleans, La. We have been giving the flu shot, since the first week of September. All of my co-workers, also received the shot, I didn't. All of them began experincing flu like symptoms and some were major. I was the only one who didn't get the shot and so far so good. Now, as far as the H1N1, I won't get that either. I have a 10 and 7 year old, with a 5 month old. I won't be getting it for them,either. My reason are knowing there is a risk with taking, so does everything else, when put into the body. I believe that it(H1N1) vaccine, has proved itself. It has killed many people, since it was brought about. The media only tells you about 1 or 2 of the fatalities, but believe there's more. In fact, I read in 1 of my Pharmacy Pamplets, that they're mre people dying from the seasonal flu shot than anything. i feel like the H1N1 vaccine, hasn't beed tested long enough, to administer. The frist wave of the vaccine is like a trial run. the government's basically using people as lab rats. That is my opinion, though. I do notice that the people that are dying with the Swine Flu, are people w/pre-existing condition an compromised Immune systems. Myself, neither my kids are in that catergory.The first wave of te H1N1 vaccine was/is only available to babies,the elderly,health care providers, (people that are on the front line), such as myself and pregnant women, such as yourself. Like the Dr. said it is basically up to you, he/she won't say yeah because of all the risks and mishap. When it comes down to it, it has to be your choice,@ your consent. So that it wil never fall back on them, as the/our/your dr. He can't be held liable for it, "just in case" something happens. I don't know where you are spiritually, but pray that no harm comes over you and your family. That's what I'm doing and that's what I believe in, most. The power of prayer is awesome. Prayer that God builds, a hedge of protection over you and yours. I hope that I was helpful in some ways to you. Congrats, on your new preganacy. I'm wishing you the best and hope that you make the right decision, at the end.



Peace and Blessings,

from my family to

yours,

Jessica Parker,CPhT.

Arlene - posted on 11/04/2009

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I am 13 weeks pregnant and my husband and I do not feel that it is a good idea for me to get it. He will not be getting it either.

Kyrsten - posted on 11/04/2009

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I struggled with this one too, because our pediatrician is so adamantly opposed. But after a lot of research (NPR, CNN, CDC and Mayo Clinic websites among others), we've decided to vaccinate our 17 month old and 4 year old. The H1N1 vaccine was developed using the same processes as are used for the season flu shot, which has a very good track record. The virus is new, but the vaccine development is not. The H1N1 flu risks to children and youths under 25 (AND to pregnant women) is so significant, that we decided it is in our kids' best interest to get the vaccination. The fact that so many healthy people are getting seriously sick, some even dying, makes this a different animal than the usual seasonal flu. The Mayo Clinic website and the CDC website were particularly helpful. Best wishes to you and your little ones!

Stphanie - posted on 11/03/2009

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i have five children and four of them got the h1n1 shot. my youngest one has asthma . i felt better kowing that they had one. we let our oldest child deceide if he wanted it. he choose not to get it. i got one also but i'm in direct contact with sick people. it is a personal choice. i can't tell you what to do, it is up to you.

Joanna - posted on 11/03/2009

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I have decided not to get the H1N1 shots for myself, boyfriend and 3 kids ages 11, 9 and 8 months old. I have never gotten the flu shot nor my children. I think its total up to the parents if the want to get the shots or not. I just think its such a new drug and that I do not want to inject my children with it. If the drug was around for a few years, I would get the shots but not right now. I'm sick of hearing people get mad if you don't get the shots or if you do get the shots. One friend on facebook made a comment the other day about if you don't get the shots for you and your kids, it is considered driving drunk. I think that is a terriable statement and people are intitled to their own opinions. People must remember that they are thinking about their children and whats best for them. The answer to your question Melissa, you do whats best for you and your children. At the end of the day, you are their mother and you know whats best for them. Don't worry what other people think.

Heidi - posted on 11/03/2009

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I personally will not get the shot for my children or myself. There has not been enough testing done on it as far as I am concerned. Also, what people are not hearing is that those who succumb to the swine flu have had pre existing medical conditions. I guess it is just a personal choice as to will get it and who won't.

Laura - posted on 11/03/2009

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I agree with the previous post, as a pregnant health-care worker with a germy toddler in the house, I will most definitely get the shot for myself and my son. The risks of the disease is far greater than the risk of the vaccination. Healthy pregnant women have died from H1N1.

Devon - posted on 11/03/2009

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I am an RN and 22 wks pregnant and have a 2 yr old at home... i got the immunization and so did my daughter... it was a hard decision but after alot of research on REPUTABLE websites... those with some sort of scientific basis and fact based not hearsay I came to the decision that this vaccine is tested just as much if not more than the regular flu shot... every year the seasonal flu shot is different, they figure out what the most prevalent strains of influenza are in asia (they get their flu season in the spring) to decide what will probably be most prevalent here in north america... then they do their testing of it... the composition of the h1n1 vaccination is very similar to the regular flu shot... in all the testing they have done the only major difference in side effects is that your arm is more sore than normal and that is due to the adjuvant... i don't know if you are in the states or not but here in canada we have the advanted and unadjuvanted version.. i think in the states they are only using the unadjuvanted version but not 100% on that... all the adjuvant does is increase the potency of the immunization so they can use less of the dead virus... the adjuvant contains things that are also in icecream so if you can eat icecream why can't it be taken in a vaccine... also, if you are worried about the mercury (thimerosol) which is used a preservative it is such a small amount that it is negligible... it is way less than the amount contained in a can of tuna... so again if you can eat tuna, why can't it be in a tiny amount in the vaccine... also, they have been giving the immunization in europe since early summer with no major complications... one other thing... i am very surprised and dissapointed in these dr's making decisions that seem to be more based on fear than facts... my OB said in no uncertain terms to get it and asap... b/c I am a health care worker my risk of being exposed to it is very high and also, since I am more than 20 weeks into pregnancy if I get the h1n1 flu my risk of complications is very high... i think on a risk to benefits ratio there is more risk involved in not getting immunized and then getting sick to getting the immunization and having some sort of major side effect... all the advice is good about washing hands and seeing a dr but that is not always enough... there was a healthy 13 yr old boy in my area who just died... saw a dr but he thought he was on the mend and sent him home... 24hrs later he was dead... this h1n1 is killing pple... and it can turn so fast that you can't always respond fast enough... i would really encourage you to look at some reputable websites and go from there... there will always be naysayers and those that subscribe to fear but is it based on truth or mere coincidences and lack of knowledge.... all the best in making your decision

Sonya - posted on 11/02/2009

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I am a nurse and I personnally would not get the vaccine its just to new for me. Good handwashing, avoiding crowds and seeing your physician if you have any fever or cold symptoms.

Michelle - posted on 11/02/2009

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my son is 17...so I sat down and discussed what I think are the pro's and con's, asked him how he felt and let him make his own decision...they are giving them free at school...he opted to take it...

Christine - posted on 11/02/2009

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Such a hard decision, esp. with the media scaring us. I personally choose not to vaccinate and let our bodies fight the virus as nature intended. My cousin has three small children (5 and under) and each child got it because the oldest contracted it at school. They were not vaccinated but each child made it through fine. As w/the regular flu it stinks and causes a miserable couple days but with diligence and watchful eye, it passes. The worst part was the oldest child had to do breathing treatments at home, but that is pretty common with many illnesses. Good luck!!!

KIMBERLY STAFFORD - posted on 11/01/2009

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I GOT IT FOR MY SON BUT AFTERWARDS MY SISTER SAYS THERE IS A PROFITT THAT SAID GOD TOLD HIM TO TELL OTHERS NOT TOOOOO! SO I'M PRAYING GOD WOULD TOUCH MY SON AND KEEP HIM SAFE AND WELL BUT I WOULD JUST PRAY AND SEEK THE LORD ,HE WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTION.

Michele - posted on 11/01/2009

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I am an LVN and I have asthma, I myself have never gotten a regular flu shot and I don't intend on getting the H1N1 shot either. I have 2 kids, a 13yr old and a 15yr old, and they both have asthma, I do have them get the regular flu shot, but I don't intend to give them the H1N1 shot....my reasons....I spoke to my pt's Dr. and asked his opinion on getting my kids the shot, like you he told me it was a personal decision and he could not advise me yes or no, so I took a different approach and asked him if he had kids...he said yes...I asked did he intend to give his kids the H1N1 shot and he replied no. I asked the receptionist at my kids Dr. office the same thing, she said no. I asked my Director of Nursing, an RN, if she had kids would she give her kids the shot and she replied no. They all agreed it hasn't been tested enough. So that's 3 people, a Dr., an RN and a receptionist at a pediatricians office who are all not giving the shot to their kids. I respect their opinions, so I decided against giving my children the shot. But, as everone says, it is a personal decision and you just have to do what you think is best.

Melissa - posted on 11/01/2009

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thanks to all of u if u get mor info please send it my way I am still so undecided but appreciate all of ur help

Cheryl - posted on 11/01/2009

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I have a 14 yrear old who has asthma also. I took him and got him the shot. They are only allowed to get the shot form which the virus in it is dead. They can't get sick from the shot. Whereas I took the nasal on cause I work in health care. My son had no issuees with the shot. The way the Dr. explained it to me was it was safer for him to get it cause of the asthma if he got swine flu he could get very sick.

Kathy - posted on 11/01/2009

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I am not sure about the shot either. My Boys also have asthma. We don't take the regular
flu shot. I make sure we drink lots of fluid & we have not had either.

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My advice to you is to google the ingredients of this vaccine and the amt. of time it's been on the market.

Good luck with your choice, it's a hard one :-)

Polly - posted on 10/31/2009

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Melissa,

I would only give the reg flu shot. The side affects from h1n1 vac. is so unknown. Around here that are telling everyone its swine flu without even testing.

Daisy - posted on 10/30/2009

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You may want to google the cheerleader who took the H1N1 shot..scared me to death. I'm not getting the flu shot neither are my children. Last time we took it, we all got so sick.. However, I am taking precautionary, the kids take daily vitamins, wash hands a lot, drink lots of milk and oj , fruits, etc. Too scared of the vaccines right now...but it is a matter of personal preference. If you don't feel right about it, maybe it's not such a good idea after all.

Kathy - posted on 10/30/2009

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I am a mother of three boys ages 7,4, and 2 and I am not, nor are they getting either of the flu shots. There are too many controversial things about it. I think our bodies have to fight these things naturally. The media is making so much more out of this. I would be scared to get it when being pregnant there are too many what ifs. It is your decision but I could send you a few things regarding the H1N1 shot. Good luck with whatever you decide:)

Katie - posted on 10/30/2009

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It is a very hard decision, i am choosing not to get it, i have a 3 year old and i am 4 months pregnant. I feel very strongly that they have not done enough research on it, and putting something into my body with my unborn child i cannot do. My kids are my life and i will not put them at risk for anything that could harm them. I read a paragraph about the H1N1 and if you keep an eye on your family, like fever Etc call the doctor immediately and get in. Thats what i am doing, now we all got the regular flu shot, but thats it, we wash our hands, clean them with sanitizer when were out and becareful.

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I'm a nurse (RN) and I'm still unsure too. I have a 8 week old, 4 year old and 8 year old. Hard decision.

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