h1n1 shot

Melissa - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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how do u as a mom feel about getting you and your children the h1n1 shot? I have a 5 year old with asthma and I am almost 4 months pregnant and I am pretty unsure of what to do. I have asked some dr's and they tell me that it is fully up to me they will not give their input to make the decision on my own so what have u decided to do and why please let me know what u think the more opinions the better so I can make a better decision

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Terryn - posted on 10/30/2009

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Are you talking about for you or Jason? I know I'm not doing it. It has higher amounts of mercury in it. I know for a fact that there are a lot of doctors that don't personally agree with this shot. If your talking about for Jason he cant get the mist form because of the asthma. But he could get the injection. But mercury is one thing that could cause autism. So I'm not and neither are the people I work with. Just thought i would let ya know.

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My head would say yes get it but there is always a worry about side effects. I think you have to weigh up the risks of not getting it compared to the side effects.

As you are pregnant you are a far greater risk from getting sick because your immune system is lower due to the body putting all it's resources to the baby. So I would say you should get it.

Sadly there is no right answer, I sympathize but here in the UK it is not offered to everyone. Only to medical staff, pregnant women, and terminal and seriously ill people. General public (including kids of all ages) are just left to play the waiting game! If it was offered I would take it.

Gabriela - posted on 10/30/2009

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The flu is a very common virus and has been part of human lives since ever. But this "version" is a little bit stronger.



In Costa Rica we have a very good health system and an excellent vaccination program. And this shot is not administered to everyone, only babies and adult people with certain health conditions that make them really vulnerable to this virus (like pregnant women). Unless your kid suffers from a special condition (as HIV +, obesity, cardiac problems, second hand smoking, diabetes, metabolic diseases, pulmonary diseases as asthma) he should be OK. On other hand, you are about to have a baby and keeping your big kid from giving you bad nights because of this may be very helpfull.

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