Swine Flu vaccine -- your thoughts on getting your child vaccinated...

Jamie - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I was wondering what other people think about this new Swine Flu vaccine that is going to be coming out. My husband took our daughter today for her 18 month check-up and to get 2 shots plus her Flu shot. The Dr. told my husband to bring her back in November for the Swine Flu shot. I've heard a lot of negative things on the news about this vaccine and the side effects. I'm a little nervous to have her get this vaccine. Apparently back in the 70s when they had a Swine Flu outbreak there were a lot of problems with the vaccine. What do you think??

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Lucy - posted on 01/24/2013

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The Swine Flu Vaccine is completely unnecessary, it even warns on the label that it might cause cancer or impair fertility, catching the Swine Flu sounds like a far nicer option, especially with it being a mild form of flu. Also seems like there are some nasty side effects now showing up, with children having their lives destroyed.

Flu vaccine backlash: 800 children in Europe develop narcolepsy after swine flu vaccine
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/...

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2009

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How interesting! Everyones opinions on the vaccine. I will share as well... I have gotten the regular flu shot twice and those are the only years I have had the flu. I have never given any of my three children the flu shot and none of them have had it either. There is something instinctually wrong with injecting your children with the very disease you are trying to keep them safe from. I am not a crazy anti-bacteria mom, I just try to get my kids to wash their hands, and cover their sneezes and mouths. I think that no matter what you do, your kids are going to get something. With out going and doing the math, I would image that just as many people have died or had serious side effects from an average cold, as there have been deaths from H1N1. We all need to take care of what we can with ourselves and families to stop this from spreading to begin with! There are wipes for everything, and if we all do a little part in cleaning up I think we can make a big difference! Good luck to all moms in keeping our children healthy!

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Regarding the H1N1 vaccine and GBS:

Will there be a possibility of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) cases following the 2009 H1N1 vaccine?
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disease in which the body damages its own nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. It is not fully understood why some people develop GBS, but it is believed that stimulation of the body’s immune system may play a role in its development. Infection with the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni, which can cause diarrhea, is one of the most common risk factors for GBS. People can also develop GBS after having the flu or other infections (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus). On very rare occasions, they may develop GBS in the days or weeks following receiving a vaccination.

In 1976, there was a small risk of GBS following influenza (swine flu) vaccination (approximately 1 additional case per 100,000 people who received the swine flu vaccine). That number of GBS cases was slightly higher than what is normally seen in the population, whether or not people were vaccinated. Since then, numerous studies have been done to evaluate if other flu vaccines were associated with GBS. In most studies, no association was found, but two studies suggested that approximately 1 additional person out of 1 million vaccinated people may be at risk for GBS associated with the seasonal influenza vaccine. FDA and CDC will be closely monitoring reports of serious problems following the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines, including GBS.

From http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/v...

Regina - posted on 09/22/2009

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I will not get my children vaccinated! My oldest is at greatest risk of catching H1N1 due to her immune system being low cause of medication she is on. There has not been enough research on the shot for me to fill confortable with them getting it.

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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hey i know i am new to the board, but i am not giving the swine flu shot to my son and he will not even get the regular flu shot i have done some research to both and the merury content in the reg flu shot is out of this world here is where i get my info i have a friend she gave her lil boy the flu shot and he started having seizures and he is now delayed in what a 3 yr old should be doing he even went under brain surgery taking to make them go away there is also a group of moms not to far from where i live that is fighting the gov to make our childern shots safier not only the flu shot but the rest of them also.. if u would like to look it for ur self here it is motheragainstmercury.org please look at it....

Jamie - posted on 09/22/2009

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I keep hearing that the vaccine can cause Guillain-barre syndrome.



I found this online: “The H1N1 swine flu shot is more of a drug than a vaccine given the list of toxic chemical ingredients causing side effects including Guillain-Barre syndrome, a deadly paralyzing disorder widespread after the 1976 swine flu vaccination campaign.” Dr. Horowitz continued.

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This vaccine is almost identical to the seasonal flu vaccine, except with the new inactivated virus included. The swine flu and vaccine from the 70's were both completely different than what is going around now. The side effects are similar to the seasonal flu vaccine. Depending on the vaccine availability (and further consultation with our doctor), I plan to get my family vaccinated. You can follow the info on the vaccine, ingredients, and clinical trials here:

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

Jenny - posted on 09/22/2009

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my OB wants me to get the vaccine when it comes to his office in October. i have the same concerns, and i'm trying to do my research, but it's hard not to find complete bias for or against it. i believe there are side effects with any medication or vaccine, but it's important to educate yourself. there are people who don't believe in any vaccinations whatsoever, but i don't agree with that.
it's a tough decision, and i wish i could tell you one way or the other, but the unfortunate truth is that we just don't know. my own opinion as far as vaccines in general is that i'd rather have the side effect and have my child than to end up losing them to a preventable illness.

Jamie - posted on 09/22/2009

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It's really different depending on the person. I am a teacher, so I am around a lot of children. I've been freaked out about Swine Flu since school started back, particularly because I know a 19 year old girl who passed away from the Swine Flu in August. She was perfectly healthy and got very sick. I'm afraid of my daughter getting Swine Flu, but I'm also afraid of the side effects of the vaccine. I've seen on the news that a lot of people who work in the medical field (i.e. doctor's offices) are refusing to get the vaccine. If they don't feel comfortable getting it, why should I or my daughter? My niece had Swine Flu and she seems to be better. I don't quite understand why some get very sick and others get it and it's no different than the regular flu. If anyone can explain this, please do!

Melanie - posted on 09/22/2009

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i havethe same concerns...its like they are going to basicly use our children as lab rats bc who knows what could go wrong with this. i have 2 children a 3yr old and a 7 mth old and my husband wants them to get it but i am scared.but on the other hand i would feel terible if they got this flu and that i chosee not to protect them. how bad is the flu is mre for elderly ppl ???

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