ok ladies...H1N1 shot..

Tina - posted on 10/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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are you giving your children the H1N1 needle, why or why not?

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Meikjn - posted on 10/31/2009

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i do know a lady who's healthy 12 year old was in the hospital for over a week. she was very dehidrated. I think it is pretty tough on the scientists to claim that vaccines are untested. flu vaccines are very similar to each other. if you have had one you have pretty much had them all (but that does not mean you do not need one every year). My husband is a PHD student in bio-chemistry at one of the leading universities in the country, and he has a lot to say.... flu vaccines have been around for a LONG time. the diffearnce from year to year may be only a few amino acids. H1N1 is not new. just the strain is. so I think vaccines are great. they are responsible for the erradication of small pox (amoung other diseases) that in the first half of the 20th centry killed more people than all the wars combined. untill the vaccine erradicated it. as for seasonal flu, the spanish flu outbreak of 1918(which incedentally was H1N1) killed more people worldwide many times over than world war 1. so, will you die if you don't get the shot? probably not. but do you really want the flu when it is preventable?

most healthy individuals will be fine. but we should protect those most vulnerable (the young and the old, and the sick) if nothing else do it for the heard.

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2009

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All my kids have gotten the H1N1. My daughter and I had the shot as well as my mother. My two sons got the nasal spray, its an age thing. Anyways i have to take the two yonger ones back in a month to get the second dose. I would rather have my child vaccinated against this than worry so much about the things that they say are bad for you. They also will get the flu shot as well. I'm pregnant and when my child is born she will get it as well. All around me my friends kids are getting sick, ending up in the hospital and costing them a fortune because they had not yet vaccinated their child. Now this doesn't mean that they still won't get their typical colds because of the season change but i've found that my kids also do not end up with the flu as long as they've had the shot. Last year i didn't get the flu shot but the kids did and guess what i ended up with it. It was tuff because the kids needed me and the old man works 3rd so he needed his sleep and i didn't want any family members coming over to help in fear that they would catch it. In time the old man ended up with it since he was around me but the kids stayed well thank god. So it would be your choice to do what you feel is best. Don't believe everything you hear, if we believed everything the media said then we would all have cancer or brain tumors or unable to eat anything out there cause its bad for you. Like i said your choice, nobody elses. Good luck and god bless.

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Kelly - posted on 10/31/2009

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No, we don't do flu shots of any sort. I just feel that our immune systems need to be allowed to fight off viruses. Of course, no one I know has even had it; where I live we haven't had H1N1 cases/hospitalizations or such that have been reported in the media. I personally feel that the media skews facts and numbers to frighten people and make things seem worse than they are. For instance, I read the other day in a report supposedly from the CDC, that 1 in 5 kids already had flu symptoms earlier in October, and although most weren't tested, "most of these cases were attributed to the H1N1 virus." Well, one of my teenagers had several of the reported flu symptoms a few days ago, I took him to the doctor to be tested last Wednesday, and he tested negative for the flu and for strep. He got better with no medicine in just a few days (will go back to school Monday). So, every kid that has "flu symptoms" does not neccessarily have this or any flu, so as I said, the numbers are in fact, most likely skewed. I would be curious to know, if anyone on here actually, from personal experience, knows anyone who has been hospitalized with this virus (other than Kelly Haupt, whose daughter did have the vaccine?).

Hasnija - posted on 10/31/2009

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I have 4 year old and i am not giving her the H1N1 vaccine, she's never had the regular flu shot.

Naomi - posted on 10/30/2009

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No way!!! The flu shot in general is a dangerous thing not going to inject a brand new never tested vaccine into my precious children thats the best thing about staying home with them they have a lower risk if you hang around your house!! :)

Theresa - posted on 10/30/2009

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yes yes yes! the risks of not vaccinating outweigh the slight slight slight risk of serious complications from the vaccine. The H1N1 flu can get very severe fast! And we just don't know why! Why are kids and adults getting better and then all of a sudden fall terribly ill and need to be hospitalized? And these are not just kids and adults with poor health to begin with! It's a frightening prospect to chance my children's health on the minuscule chance they might have a complication from the vaccine. (the argument I've heard: "well you wouldn't want to the 1 in a million chance person who has a complication" no, but the same could be said about tylenol or being hit by lightening 3 times! At least with the flu, I can do something about it and help prevent it!) As a mom of 3 girls under 4 years of age, I couldn't handle the thought of all of us being sick with the flu at the same time and especially worrying about the complications that could most certainly arise from the flu (both seasonal and H1 N1). As long as you have no serious reason to not vaccinate (and I don't even know what those sorts of things might be since there is no official list or anything), I would definitely vaccinate! We must remember that vaccinations save lives! Vaccinations, polio for instance!, have eliminated diseases that used to devastate children and families. We owe much of our health to vaccinations. If there were going to be problems with the vaccine, they would have showed up by now.

Kandy - posted on 10/30/2009

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My childrens school is doing it. I am afraid if all the other kids get it, then my kids will be exposed to it, through them. So I feel like we dont the option of not doing it. Its either do it, or catch it. Am I wrong here?

Heather - posted on 10/30/2009

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So far, my family and I are leaning towards not getting it. One of my brother-in-laws friends and his parents got the shot at the start of this week and are still sick in bed. I have also read that there is a form of mercury in it that can cause autism in children, and who knows what else is in there.. this vaccine has not been around long enough to be proven safe.

Emily - posted on 10/29/2009

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YES!!! My kids are getting the nasal mist just because that is all that is available to us. I have not heard of one bad reaction to the shot or mist but I have heard MANY stories of how horrible this flu is. Stories of not just regular flu situations but of hospitals, ventilators, and some even death! Yes I have read of the 1976 fiasco, GBS, and of the mercury the vials are packed in, but I think the benefit out weighs the risk and the risk is low.

User - posted on 10/29/2009

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Hi, My children got the flu mist. One child must have already been infected when she go the mist, so went onto to develop H1N1 - horrible, horrible, horrible. Endless days and nights of super high fevers, vomiting, chills, etc. She eventually developed triple lobe pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for three days. It was SO SCARY. The boys who were vaccinated on the same day are completely healthy despite MULTIPLE OUTBREAKS around them, including best friends and sister.

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2009

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I am giving my children the H1N1 nostril spray. My children are 10 and 12. With predictions where they are I would rather be safe than sorry. Kids are the #1 death in this flu because of dehydration. Its very hard to force a kid to drink who is always getting sick. I know that around our area its expected to be 50% of kids will have it. Than there is a percentage of that ,that will get hospitalized, finally you have the percentage of those that die. I don't want my child a statisic.

Kande - posted on 10/29/2009

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I probably wouldn't give my child the H1N1 shot unless they had a preexisting condition (which seems to be involved with most of the fatalities so far). As a pregnant woman, I don't think I'm going to get it either, even though I'm a substitute teacher and surrounded by little germ carriers daily. I've always been very healthy and haven't even had the flu since I was a kid. I just think the H1N1 vaccine is still too new and the side effects haven't been fully examined.

Caryn - posted on 10/29/2009

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Absolutely NOT. I am no going into every reason I'm not because I'll be here all day typing. We do not get the reg flu shots either..

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