Scared and confused!! Flu Shots

Kim - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a new mom and scared and confused about the flu vaccincation. I guess I am wondering if everyone gets their young ones the flu vaccine every year? My daughter is 7 months old and she has an appointment tomorrow to get her flu shot (not H1N1). I feel like I am not doing the right things but on the other hand I do not want to risk her getting very ill. Help put my mind at ease and let me know what you are doing with your children. THANKS!!

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Get on the net and inform yourself on the dangers of vaccines. Once you've read both sides - pro and con, then you need to make an INFORMED, decision for yourself and your child. What are your personal beliefs and how do they fit in with vaccination. Some vaccinate, some don't and some only select a few vaccines. An informed choice is key here. Not one based on what your doctor or friends tell you. The fact that you're having doubts means that you need to take a step back and research this further so that you can make a decision with which your happy. Never underestimate a mother's instinct or gut feeling. Delay or cancel your appointment to give you time to look into this very important issue further.

Nicole - posted on 10/05/2009

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I have never given my son the flu shot. They actually dont do that here until the child is two years old or older, at least that is what my docotor told me. My son has also never gotten sick and we have not vaccinate him past his one year check up. I was never vaccinated for alot of the things they are givning now a days. Matter of fact, when I was vaccinated for the MMR shot, I actually got the mumps! And then right after that, chicken pox. Now, though I didnt want to, I had my son vaccinated for MMR because if he happens to get the mumps, he can become sterile, which I dont want. But like I said, other than that, he has never gotte the flu shot and has never gotten sick, not even a runny nose!

Anissa - posted on 10/05/2009

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i have a 2 1/2 yr old and i have gotten him a flu shot since he was old enough.. i think they need to have the shot.. it makes it alot easier on them if they do happen to catch the flu.. just make sure to give her tylenol about 30 minutes before you take her so that she doesnt end up with a fever and it will help with how sore her little leg will be..

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