PLEASE HELP swine flu shot....to get it or not?

Jessica - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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The swine flu vacination is slowly starting to come out to different hospitals. i have no idea what to do. my doctor say to get it for my 21 month old daughter and for myself (25 weeks pregnant) but you hear all over not to get it. i am so torn. i want to do the right thing! i am afraid if i to get them something will go wrong with them (because they are so new) but then again if we dont and something happens like we get the flu (mainly ny daughter) andshe is seriously ill.. i need advice. what are other moms doing?!?!?!



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Jamie - posted on 10/12/2009

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Well, I read an article today that said people who get the nasal spray can actually infect other people for 21 days afterwards! That's insane! I mean, if it's that terrible, why are they making the solution cause more of the problem? Personally, my family will not be getting it. Here's a great video for you from Fox news:

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Rosanna - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hi, I would say no for you the swine flu shot has not been properly tested on pregnant women . As for your 21 month old that is a tough one . Do your research on that and see what they say about that .

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The problems that have been reported with the vaccine are based on the vaccine from the 70s -- the current vaccine is not the same. Most communities, including my own, are just starting to get the vaccine, which means any horror stories in your community you've heard over the last couple of months, cannot be attributed to the H1N1 vaccine. I heard two people were hospitalized about a month ago because of it. I'd love to know how that happened when the vaccine was NOT AVAILABLE.

If you feel uncomfortable about it, don't get it.
But, if you think you may want it, set up an appt to talk to your doctor ASAP. There are waitlists for it and while you can always turn down the shot the day of, you may not be able to put yourself on the list as soon as you may like.

I have my daughter on the waitlist and when it becomes available (if) to the general public, I plan to get it, in addition to the flu shot, which my daughter has already had. I spoke extensively to my father, a retired physician who did quite a bit of research for me and decided the vaccines are worth it to me. I know that my father would never put his only grandchild at risk if he thought there was reason to worry. The flu can kill and if I can prevent it, I will.

You'll hear all sorts of stories about GBS and while they are frightening, the incidence that follows the shot (in this case, the regular since that's the one that's been administered), is no higher than the incidence of GBS in the general, unvaccinated public.

As far as mercury, not all flu vaccines have it and if that is a concern to you, make that clear when you make your appt so that your doctor can get the low / no mercury vaccine for you (if you wait until your appt, they may not have it).

It's not an easy decision for everyone but rely on the facts to make your decision, not hysteria. Good luck with whatever you choose.

Amber - posted on 10/14/2009

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they have one thats not the live one thats given but a shot and i have a 5 yr old that will be gettin so will my 2 yr old so just do all the readin on it before makin that choice.

Jessica - posted on 10/13/2009

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thank you everyone for the replys so far. i am still just so unsure. I see valid points on both sides. as you all know as mother you just want to do the right thing!!

Adf0905 - posted on 10/13/2009

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Quoting Brandie :

Look its a decision all of us mothers have to make. We can take no chances. This virus is more dangerous. Get you and your child vaccinated. It is targeting preg women and small children. The ones with the weakest immune systems. Its better to be safe than sorry. If you or your child happen to caught it and are hospitalized and on a resporator you will be sorry you didn't go through with what your doctor reccomeded right? You will blame no one but your self. The risk of something happening from getting the vaccine is like slim to none. Get vaccinated. Its the smart thing to do. Don't wait til its too late.


And what if something were to happen to your child because of the vaccination? The same reaction...you will blame no one but yourself. It's a catch 22.



 



And you CAN get sick from a live virus vaccination. She isn't mis-informed. Something interesting to read:



http://stanford.wellsphere.com/healthy-l...

Brandie - posted on 10/13/2009

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For Jessica Mitchell.. First of all you are not very educated on the vaccine apparently. It is a live strain but it is to get the body immune to the virus to where you will not caught it. Thats why this virus is so dangerous because none of usare immune to the virus. Need to read more about it. You will not sneeze it out. read more read more.

Brandie - posted on 10/13/2009

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Look its a decision all of us mothers have to make. We can take no chances. This virus is more dangerous. Get you and your child vaccinated. It is targeting preg women and small children. The ones with the weakest immune systems. Its better to be safe than sorry. If you or your child happen to caught it and are hospitalized and on a resporator you will be sorry you didn't go through with what your doctor reccomeded right? You will blame no one but your self. The risk of something happening from getting the vaccine is like slim to none. Get vaccinated. Its the smart thing to do. Don't wait til its too late.

Adf0905 - posted on 10/13/2009

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We are absolutely not getting it.

For those who are getting it, please research the mercury levels. The government suspended it's mercury level limits in vaccinations for the h1n1 vaccine. There ARE low mercury level options, but you'll need to ask for it!

Elizabeth - posted on 10/13/2009

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My husband is active duty air force so he might be required to get it...not sure yet. But my 2 1/2 year old & myself are not getting it. I've researched and read and heard far too much on it and the shot is way too new for me to trust it. In the 70s the swine flu vax killed at least as many people as the swine flu did itself. AND, I believe strongly strongly that live viruses are BAD NEWS and with all the mercury in the flu shots (swine & otherwise) we are just not comfortable with it.



Of course, we will remain open minded enough that if the swine flu becomes truly a pandemic and the shot seems to be really working and not infecting more people or causing more spread...then we'll maybe think about it. BUT, I'm 31 and i've never had the flu shot nor have I ever had teh flu...and the regular flu kills WAY more people a yr than the swine flu. At this point, we are very confident with our decision and as a Christian I plan to just trust that God will lead me to change my decision when/if needed.



Good luck with whatever you choose...it is your choice & don't let a doctor nor someone like me even 'scare' you into making any choices. Find what works best for you & your family and what you will be at peace about.

Lorie - posted on 10/13/2009

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Iam not getting my 4 year old and 15 month swine flu shots done b/e its a new shot. Iam SURE they don't know everything that could happen to people with the shot. Iam not getting their flu shots done either b/e I don't know if its true or not but i heard that if they get the flu shot they are more likely to get the swine flu.

Jessica - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hey,
Just wanted to let you know where i stand on it, 1st its a live virus injected as a spray through your nose, & if u were to sneeze that out every1 around u would be infected, my thought is that we've all got to try a develop certain immunities to this man made super virus otherwise we really are going to get really sick from this. Its pretty sickening to think that someone would actually do this, Not happening for me or my family, this is where the wide spread pandemic starts. One family we know went to get the "shot" the mom who was pregnant and the infant and they were sick trying to fight a live virus and then there whole family got it as well. I just really don't think that this is the smartest idea that the government has ever had really, its really scarry...

Janice - posted on 10/12/2009

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My family and I are all getting the vacination this week. As my hubby works at an airport, and my kids are around other kids a lot, getting the swine flu, or any flu for that matter, is a risk we don't want to have to take. Our doctor advised us to get it, as the flu season circulates around the world. It has died down abit here, but next year when the flu season arrives, so will the swine flu. Better to be vaccinated now then wait until it is too late. I'm not sure how it applies if you're pregnant, but my advice (and I'm not a doctor, just a mum) is to get it for your daughter if the doctor advises it. That's what we're doing, anyway. :)

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You are going to get opinions for both ways on here. The best thing to do is go to the CDC website and read the information and see how it applies to you and your family.

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