Flu Shots?

Chelsea - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am wondering what other mom's thoughts are on the Flu Shot, and The H1N1 shot. We got flu shots last year, and I am ok with them because we didnt end up getting the flu last year, but I am unsure about the H1N1 shot because its new...does anyone have any information on it? Or has anyone got one for themselves ot their kids?

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The H1N1 vaccine is just another version of the seasonal flu vaccine. It is made with the same ingredients, and was tested the same as the seasonal vaccine is every year. Really, if the H1N1 virus had emerged a few months earlier than it did, it would probably be included in the regular seasonal flu shot, and there wouldn't be so much concern about it. If you want to read up on it, check the FDA's site below. There are links discussing the clinical trials and also the product inserts so you can see the vaccine ingredients. My family has already gotten the seasonal flu shot, and we'll get the H1N1 shot if it is available to us.



http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccine...

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Mindy - posted on 10/05/2009

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I am choosing not to give my daughter the H1N1 vaccine. I have done some research on the CDC website and looked at the side effects. I am not willing to chance those side effects verses fighting the flu

Kristi - posted on 10/05/2009

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I don't think we mean that the Swine Flu is "new" we mean the vaccine for it is. Therefore, if there are side effects, etc...no one truly knows. However the point was made that it is simular to the other flu vaccines, could be true and a good point, I would have to research it. I do know that my daughter was sick about four months ago and she had the symptoms of flu so I took her to the ER. The doctor was hesitant to even test her for the flu (I insisted, fortunately she didn't have it) because he knew that if it came back positive she would probably be admitted to the hospital and made miserable when in reality he said if it was one of his kids he would let it just run its course and give them motrin, etc...I think hospitals in general are so paranoid of getting sued that they have to treat everything that a kid gets like its cancer. This leads parents thinking that we need vaccines for everything. In reality kids do need to build up their immune systems. Really, how many of us had the flu as kids and were fine? I also wonder for the small amount of kids that catch the flu and have major problems from it were they already sick to begin with? Clearly, I don't want my kids catching the flu but then I also don't want them getting pumped all of the time either. Really I question getting it and not getting it.

Kristi - posted on 10/05/2009

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I just had a conversation with the doctor about this as well. Personally, I am getting the flu shot for my 8 month old son. I am passing on my 2 year old daughter because she was sick for about three weeks after she got it last year. Honestly, it was like she got the flu from it! Well, I guess she did, literally, lol. Anyway, as far as the H1N1 is concerned I have the same problem with the fact that it is new and no one knows. My doctor suggested waiting to see if there are a lot of cases of it and if there are than I can always decide later to get it for the kids. I am also a stay at home mom and my kids are not often in crowded public places so I am not as concerned. If my kids were in day care or we traveled a alot, etc I would possibly think about doing it. For now I am more comfortable waiting. It is hard though, my husband is a special ed teacher so we have major concerns with vacs in general. I feel like I am danmed if I do and danmed if I don't. I have picked the less of two evils and generally get the kids vaccinated. However, I also research the vacs. For example, I have waited on the MMR because there is just too much speculation with it and its connection to AI and I realized that if one of my kids caught measles, mumps or rebella it vast majority of the time is not deadly or even that big of a deal for kids. However the meningitis, HIB, etc I get for sure because there is a very decent chance that my kids could catch these illnesses and if they did it could very likely be serious. Anyway, I am not comfortable telling a parent either way. You just have to look at what your kids are exposed to day to day, the odds of them catching the illness, the consequences if they do, etc...Go with your instincts really that is all I can suggest.

Ashley - posted on 10/05/2009

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It's not that new...in 1976 there was another swine flu epidemic. But, do your research on both sides before making a decision.

I will be getting it for myself and my son, but that is what I chose.

Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 10/05/2009

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My daughter just had her 9 month appointment last week, she got the regular flu shot..but I don't think that I will be giving her the H1N1 shot...I feel that we already give them so many viruses (in every shot)...I just don't want to keep pumping them in her.

Leanne - posted on 10/05/2009

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Just letting you, but 70% of doctors opt to not get the flu shot annually if that tells you something. Not sure if we will get them for my four and two year old this year though. We'll see.

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