do i give the kids the swine flu vaccine? Feedback pleases.!!!!!!!

Emily - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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do i give my kids the swine flu vaccine 4 yrs and 2 yrs

Has anyone had it ?

Dont know what to do?

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Rita - posted on 02/01/2010

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www.nvic.org

National Vaccine Information Center. Lots and lots of issues with this one. I will not get it, nor will I give it to my kids. The swine flu is far less evere than the seasonal flu. The preservatives in it are horrendous, things I would not ingest, let alone inject right into my kids. The nasal mist leaves children contageous for 21 days. It sheds via the lining of the nose, so if your children's peers are getting nasal mist, be prepared to be exposed to a live virus via kids who received it. Kids getting a nasal mist can not come into contact with any one getting chemo, or who is immune compromised for this reason.

People need to realize that the Enviornmental Protection Agency states...."the safe limit for Mercury to ingest is 5 mcg"...YET.....Flu vaccines contain between 13.5-25 mcg of Mercury per dose. It is a double standard, that is allowable for a vaccine, but nothing else. A vaccine bypasses the natural body's filters, like the lining of the stomach and the liver. The flu vaccine also contains formaldehyde and aluminum, and a few other nasty preservatives I would never allow into my kids bodies.

A vaccine is a drug/medical proceedure, and with any medical proceedure carry risks, so people need to keep that in mind as well.

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Our family stopped getting flu shots a few years ago, and we're not about to start now (seasonal flu shots, or the new H1N1 flu shot).

My brother is a nurse, and he didn't get it done for himself, his wife or his three children. He didn't do it for the plain and simple fact that it's a brand new drug, and it hasn't had enough time to be properly tested. It was fast tracked through the system, and no one knows the long-term side effects. Also...flu viruses mutate. If you get the vaccine, there's no way to insure you still won't get sick. If the virus mutates, then you won't be immune anyhow!

As I said, no one in our family got the shot, and EVERYONE is fine. I've had a couple friends who did get sick with H1N1. They were sick for a week, then got better. It's a fact that more people die each year from the regular seasonal flu than have died from H1N1. The media has blown this whole H1N1 scare WAY out of proportion. In fact, H1N1 symptoms are exactly the same as the seasonal flu. A large percentage of the population has had the swine flu, but they didn't even realize it. It passed and went exactly the same way the flu would.

A large number of the deaths from H1N1 were in those who had pre-existing medical conditions. Are you and your children healthy people, with no underlying problems? Then there really isn't a reason to get the vaccine. If you don't get the vaccine and do get sick, it's not a big deal. Just take care of yourself. You'll mend up, and now your body will have a natural immunity. I would rather get sick and have my body build a natural immunity then have myself (or my children) injected with unknown chemicals.

It was a very easy decision for us. No flu shots. Of any kind.

Lor - posted on 01/31/2010

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Not all side affects happen in a short time frame. Think about the birth control pill Yaz. It was on the market for quite awhile and now look what is going on. My sister who is a nursing student and also a nursing assistant to pay bills, has spoken with nurses and they have advised her that unless something has been on the market for at least 5yrs you are running a risk. I have not given my children the H1N1 shot and feel better for it. With the way the govt. rushes everything to get it on the market and make a profit off of us all how can anyone trust what they do??

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Tamara - posted on 02/04/2010

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No one in my family got it, and only my oldest son and DH got the regular flu shot. After lots of research and reading what various drs have said it wasn't right for my children. As others have said its too new and no way to tell what will happen long term. I also read that with the amount of mercury used it can cause other issues so we decided not to. We also as a general rule dont do the regular flu shot either. My oldest did since he is in wrestling this year there for close face to face with a lot of different kids and he decided it would be best (he is 15 and the dr asked him what he wanted too not just me)

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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It is made the same exact way as the sesonal flu the only difference is the put the H1N1 strain instead of what ever the seasonal strain is but all of the other ingredients are the same I am a nursing student and I did alot of research first and both of my children got it and I will as soon as I am able to

Virginia - posted on 02/03/2010

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i didnt give mine. They got bad cold/flu around that time, but the drs wernt concerned.

Jamie - posted on 02/03/2010

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I don't trust the swine flu shot, its too new in my books. I have two little kids that are 1 and 2 years old they did not get the h1v1 shoot but the did get the flu shot.

Charlotte - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have a 8 month old baby and am not getting him vaccinated.my mother-in-law works at the hospital and has not got my 4 year old brother-in-law vaccinated either.i don't think it has been tested enough and with all new medicines there are risks!! The virus will also more than likely change this year and another vaccination will have to be developed to be given for a new strand of H1N1.I have also breastfed my son for 8 months and believe that he has a strong immunity to colds etc as he hasn't had one yet.There is no way i would want my son to be put at risk from something not properly tested "just in case" he gets swine flu. there are many people that die every year from reguler flu but the majority of them are elderly or have underlying health problems already. It is your decision in the end but consider both sides....would you rather your child may get swine flu or have them immunised when they may pick up another starnd of swine flu in the future and may have long lasting side effects from a vaccination that hasn't been properly tested??

Tam - posted on 02/03/2010

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I had it! it was so easy it didnt hurt like the flu shot sometimes burns! I got it to protect others and myself. there are people who cannot get the vaccine like cystic fibrosis patients, and I dont want to feel guilty when someone gets it and gets sick or dies. prevention is the best remedy;) My daughter and mother also got it and the flu shot. I could not find the flu shot but I got h1n1 and pneumonia vaccine with zero side effects! If you really want to protect your kids also get them vaccinated when they are old enough for HPV and hepatitis. Hepatitis is a growing concern in this country.

Dana - posted on 02/02/2010

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I highly recommend both regular and h1n1 flu shots, and regular flu shots every year. People don't realize how huge the numbers are; about 36,000 people die every year from seasonal flu. Is h1n1 any worse? probably not, but isn't 36,000 bad enough? Am I going to put my kids at risk of being one of those when a simple shot will most likely prevent it? No way. Me and my kids got both of them. If you have a good doctor that you trust, talk to them.

Brenda - posted on 02/02/2010

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www.thedoctorwithin.com
DO NOT give your children vaccines. Go to this link and find out why.

Nikki - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter got it at about 9 months and I got it because I'm pregnant. Neither of us have had any side effects or problems from it. We haven't gotten anything close to the swine flu either. I was worried about getting it, but my dr insisted that it was a good thing. She had the initial shot and the booster and has been just fine. I had only the one, but we are both fine.

Brittany - posted on 02/02/2010

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I got it for my son, and my son is gonna be 16 months old on the 8th.

and he actually did great, he had no side affects or anything. everyone has their own

oppinions on it. but my friend had also got her 7 month old the vaccine and he also

didnt have any side affects. I on the other hand, didnt get it for myself. and i just got over the swine flu a few weeks ago. and it was horrible, i thought i was dying. i was in so much pain. And it never even touched my son. So i think its a great idea.

especially with the way its going around now. My friends 7 month old has also been around people who has had it, including his mother. and it still hasnt touched him either.

its completely up to you, but id suggest it.



hope i helped.

goodluck.

Natasha - posted on 02/02/2010

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All my children got the swine flu and flu shots!! They hardly ever get sick and have had no problems with it!!

Marie - posted on 02/02/2010

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im the same i have been sent for it bercause im preg and my 1yr old as been sent for it and im abit like that in to giving it to my daughter

Dana - posted on 02/01/2010

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I certainly would NEVER give my child this vaccine. It has not been around long enough. Several of my friends and their children have had the swine flu and they are fine. There are tons of harmful chemicals added to vaccines that act as perservatives. You wouldn't allow your child to ingest those chemicals in any other form. In Japan they don't do any vaccines until after the child is 2. You don't have to get every single vaccine. There is no harm in selectively vaccinating your child or delaying some of the vaccines until your child is older.

Maggie - posted on 02/01/2010

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I got the shots for my daughter (she is 14 months now but was 12 months when she got the shots). It was a no brainer for me. My daughters cardiologist strongly suggested that she get it because of her heart condition. I try to limit her exposure to the outside world but I still need to do the grocery shopping and the laundry so I do need to take her out of the apartment sometimes. She already had pnemonia this winter and that was scary enough.

Valeria - posted on 02/01/2010

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Neither one of my children received the H1N1 vaccine. After talking to my doctor about it he felt that he did not have enough information on it and the side effects were not clear. Our school systems have even offered the vaccine here and I refused for them to get it. The way I feel is if they are going to catch the virus no vaccine is gonna help stop it. We have already been exposed to the swine flu at school several times and neither one of my kids have come down with it.

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No, we don't get flu shots in this family... other than my husband, who is still an Active Duty soldier, and is required to. He got the H1N1 shot only because to refuse it would be to violate a direct order, and that comes with consequences. (For the record, he had the injection, not the mist, so as far as I'm aware, he cannot give me and the kids the virus from that. Plus, it was weeks ago, and we're all fine so far.)



The main reason me and the kids don't get flu shots of any variety is because the ONLY years I have ever gotten the flu in my entire life are the years I was an Active Duty soldier, and required (as my husband is now) to get a flu shot. Every year, like clockwork, I'd get the flu. Since getting out of the Army, I never got another flu shot, and (knock on wood) have never gotten the flu again. I can say that flu shots are, at minimum, ineffective for me, so they may be for my kids also. Why expose our bodies to more chemicals for something that's likely to be ineffective? It's not worth it to me, so we don't do flu shots, H1N1 included.

Leza - posted on 02/01/2010

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Absolutely! My baby and my 3 year old rec'd theirs. Better safe than sorry because unlike the seasonal flu, swine flu is year round. I did a lot of research to come to this decision. The thing that helped me decide the most is the fact it's made up exactly like the seasonal flu shot with the one difference being the virus. In the end you have to do what you feel is right.

LauraBeth - posted on 02/01/2010

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We opted out on getting the shot!! We didn't go anywhere to be around the flu. I cut out the church nursery and me and my husband would go to the store instead of the whole family going. and if I did have to go any where with him I carried a travel size bottle of lysol and sprayed down the cart before I even put his cart cover on there, also disenfected everything if someone came over! I didnt even allow school age children at my house. and lucky me our son as never been sick!!

Gabrielle - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son is 14 months old and we are holding off on most of the vaccines (unless travelling to countries with deadly health risks),although we gave him the DTP, but that was it. Im very nervous of most of these vaccinations, especially when they are new on the market. During the flu season (and of course all year round) try to keep immunity up, exercise, eat well (plenty of fruit and veg), dose up on vitamin C and Zinc when feeling off and get fresh air. Babies are so delicate and not yet fully developed, who knows what it could do to their system at this point?

Sandra - posted on 02/01/2010

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YES!!!! My kids and I received it, and the regular flu shot. The H1N1 would have been included in the regular flu shots if it had been announed a couple weeks earlier that it would be a pandemic. Every year the regular flu shot is made up for strains they feel will hit the hardest, to technically it's a diffrerent flu shot every year.

Kendelle - posted on 01/31/2010

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me and my son have it and are fine but when u get the swine flu vaccine they put it in there vaccination chart...

Trina - posted on 01/31/2010

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i had the swine flu for two weeks in the begining of last spring and if you think having the flu is no fun, yeah well the swine flu is ten times worse!!! i felt like i my body was gonna shut itself down!!! i was burning up and couldn't get warm for anything, my body, and muscles were so achy i couldn't move!!! it was really bad my dc wanted me to go to the hospital where they would of had me courentin in a room with bunches of iv's and stuff, i was good on that so i stayed home and fought it off myself!!! it took over two weeks for me to even feel like moving, i didn't really start getting totally better till the next month!!! you get every symthum of the flu it is just 10 times more intense, with a few extras!!! so i made sure my kids went and got the vaccine, i know what i went thru and i would never wish it on my worst enemy let alone my own children!!! and it isn't really a big thing to get it done it is a spray up the nose, kinda like sinus spray!!! plus swine flu took many children's lives this year i'd rather my child have a side effect then be dead, i promise you the swine flu is no joke, take it from someone who experienced it first hand!!! good luck!!!

Angela - posted on 01/31/2010

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i got it but im 19 and my daughter was a new born. my niece is three nephews 2 and half neither of them got it.

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2010

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I don't give my son any type of flu vaccines, I don't think they are really effective and is just another pharmaceutical push. For at risk kids, it is understandable, but for a normally healthy child I see no reason to give it. And I will never be the first in line to give my kids a new vaccine, I will not make them guinea pigs.

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My daughter is 8 months and she got both doses when she turned 6 months. She had NO side effects(unlike with the DTAP). Here is a government site with information about the H1N1.........http://www.flu.gov/. I trust my daughter's doctor and know that she wouldn't give her anything that she thought wasn't necessary(otherwise I wouldn't take her to that doctor). Ultimately it is your choice though.

Liane - posted on 01/31/2010

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My understanding is if they had identified the strain in time the H1N1 vaccine would have been included in the regular "seasonal" flu vaccine. It just so happened that they didn't get it together in time (so to speak). That's the only reason it is a separate vaccine. My two oldest children have asthma and have received a flu shot annually since they were old enough to take it. They did have both the seasonal (regular flu shot) and the H1N1 vaccine this year. Since they are both age 9 or under they had to receive two doses of H1N1 at least a month apart. They have had no adverse effects from the shots in previous years or this year. Good luck making your decision. I know it's difficult. I felt very confident in giving this vaccine after speaking to our doctors. You may want to do the same. If the timing hadn't become an issue we would have received this flu strand in the regular seasonal flu vaccine anyway.

Nikki - posted on 01/31/2010

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i didnt give it to my son I dont trust new vaccines with no idea on long term effects , I don't want my son to be a guinea pig and 7 months

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I didn't give it to mine because it hasn't been around for yrs so it hasn't been truely proven vif there are long term side effects.

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