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Are you getting DC vaccinated with either flu shot?

I'm sorry if this has been asked a million times but I am not on here much. I am just curious to see what other SAHM's are doing. I am going to get DD the regular flu shot but not the H1N1. One main reason being that she doesn't go to daycare and isn't around other kids too much.

If you aren't getting them vaccinated will you still go to play groups, library store time, etc. just as much or will you try to limit their exposure around other kids. thanks!

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Re: Are you getting DC vaccinated with either flu shot?

  • No one in our house will be getting either shot.  I have never had the flu - despite working in a school 2004-2008 and DH getting it when we were first married.  DD has had one cold her whole life.  If any of us would get it, it would be DH since he still works in a school.  But he won't since he's in the low risk pool.

    We will continue to do all of our regular activities, but stay home if either of us is under the weather.  I think that resting when your body is first trying to fight something off can be key.  I also think that since we do not use tons of disinfectant around here, DD has developed a decent immune system already.  Sometimes the overuse of disinfectants can lead to people getting sick more often.

  • I did regular seasonal flu and waiting for Ped to get H1n1. I guess my question is, if you are ok with the seasonal flu shot, why not the H1N1? Had it come out just 3 months earlier it would have been included in the seasonal shot. Every year new strains are added and old ones taken away from seasonal flu so the only difference with the H1N1 is that it wasn't "found" until the season shot had already started production. 
    I guess I understand the reasons some people don't believe in the flu vacc at all depending on their concerns/beliefs, but I can't quite understand why seasonal flu vacc is ok but h1N1 is not when they are made and studies exactly the same as they have been for years.  H1N1 is just a new strain just like probably a few others new strains that are in the seasonal vacc.
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  • Our entire family has been vaccinated for seasonal flu already.  I will be getting my H1N1 tomorrow and the rest of the family will get it when more become available in our area (they are only vaccinating pregnant women at this point).

    DD is in school where there have been quite a few cases of H1N1 confirmed already.  With a new baby coming into the house it seems silly to not protect ourselves in whatever way we can.

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  • Regular for sure and H1N1 when my Pedi has it available.
  • i got the flu shot and the h1n1 shot, my daughter got the flu shot and well ge tthe h1n1 shot when she is able to get it! she dosent go to day care but she is around other kids who do go to daycare and or school. I have older nephews thats are in schools and we see.
  • Both if we can get ahold of them. The pedi's office was out last week of regular and the only place with h1n1 is the health dept and there's no way i can stand in that line with her.

    DH gets flu shots every year (req. by military) and so do I (asthma).

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  • I'm with teach123, no to both shots. And, yes, we still attend playgroups/MOPs. I am very diligent about hand washing and keeping the kids at home when I need too.
  • Yes, we'll be getting both.  DD had her first seasonal flu vaccine at the beginning of October and we have an appointment with her pedi next week to get the second shot.  If they have the H1N1 vaccine in stock while we're there, we'll get that too.  Otherwise we'll get it later.

    DH and I have both had our seasonal flu shots.  Whenever the H1N1 vaccines become generally available, we'll get those too.

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  • yes- we are all getting both. When permitted/available. DH and DD already had their seasonal flu shots. I  cannot find it available ANYWHERE.
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  • None of us (DH, DD, or me) are getting either flu shot.  DH and I never get them, and we don't want to inject DD with four shots that we find unnecessary. 

    We actually just attended a bday party this past weekend in which three of the guests (including the bday boy as of two days ago) there ended up with the swine flu (one had it while he was there; don't ask me why his mom thought it would be a good idea to bring him when he had been sick).  We are fine so far, knock on wood, but honestly, if we end up with it, we'll deal with it. 

    All the people I know who have gotten it (quite a few people, actually), have been sick for a few days and then went on with business as usual.  No fun, I'm sure, but it's life.

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  • I forgot to add that, yes, we are still going to play groups and we even signed up for tot yoga starting next week.  The one thing I am skipping at this point is the gym daycare (I MAY go once a week, but so far have avoided it for the last two weeks).  As long as I am with her when we are in groups and can cut the licking/biting/kissing to a minimum, then I'm ok with group activities. 
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  • DD got both doses of the regular flu shot.  We'll get the H1N1 if it is ever available here. 

    She's around kids almost every day in classes, playgroup or story times.  But I don't plan to isolate her in any way.  We use a LOT of sanitizer.

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  • DS and I got our regular flu shots in September. DS gets his first H1N1 tomorrow and I'll get it whenever I am able to (they are in short supply here).

    I agree with the PP - I completely understand/respect those who do not get flu shots at all, but to get one and not the other makes no sense to me. They are made in the same way, in the same timeline, and tested on the same # of people. The seasonal flu vaccine is brand new every single year, the only difference is the strain. H1N1 is just another strain. Also, at least in my area they are basically only seeing H1N1 (no seasonal flu), so if you are only getting one best to get that one.

    DS goes to daycare two days a week and every day we are at playgroups, the museum, etc. Mostly we always get flu shots because the flu sucks and I don't want either of us to go through it if we don't have to. We get it every year.

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  • Both my kids got the regular flu shot and if it is around will get the H1N1. There is a huge shortage in our town so I have no idea when they will be able to get it.

     

    One of the main reasons I did is because DD is in preschool three days a week, dance and swimming. DS is in little gym and swimming. They are both around kids all the time.

  • Absolutely.  I already got them both the seasonal one that we all get every year.  I've gotten H1N1 myself since I'm pregnant and was able to get it from our county health department but so far I haven't found it for the girls.  I'll definitely get it for them both though.  It's hitting kids too hard and just seems to risky to me not to.  But, I am increasingly worried that they will get it before I can get them the shot.  :(
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    I did regular seasonal flu and waiting for Ped to get H1n1. I guess my question is, if you are ok with the seasonal flu shot, why not the H1N1? Had it come out just 3 months earlier it would have been included in the seasonal shot. Every year new strains are added and old ones taken away from seasonal flu so the only difference with the H1N1 is that it wasn't "found" until the season shot had already started production. 
    I guess I understand the reasons some people don't believe in the flu vacc at all depending on their concerns/beliefs, but I can't quite understand why seasonal flu vacc is ok but h1N1 is not when they are made and studies exactly the same as they have been for years.  H1N1 is just a new strain just like probably a few others new strains that are in the seasonal vacc.

    This doesn't make sense to me either.  Like you said if you don't believe in or trust flu shots at all then that is one thing but to be ok with the seasonal and not H1N1 when they are the exact same thing seems silly to me.  And actually they took a little longer to put together the H1N1 version than the normal flu and ran more individual testing on the specific shot (including on pregnant women) than is usually done.  So it seems to me that if you are ok with the seasonal flu one you should be extra ok with H1N1.  I know I am. 
    I also heard that next year they will be adding H1N1 into the seasonal one.  As you said it would have been this year had it surfaced in time. 

  • We're getting both. I just got the H1N1 today and dd was supposed to as well but she's recovering from roseolo so it wasn't wise to bring her today. I just pray there is another clinic soon so I can get her in.
  • Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

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  • I wanted to add that DD #1 is in pre-school 2 days a week and while that makes me extra nervous I'd still get it for her anyway.  Even without the pre-school factor she could get it just from DH bringing it home from the office or out at the grocery store.  You just never know and it's impossible to live in a complete bubble (even if I wanted to).
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    Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

    There have actually been less than 100 pediatric swine flu deaths in the entire US this year, so I seriously doubt that many took place in NY.  Also, the majority of those deaths occurred in children who had other major illnesses/diseases/health problems to begin with, which caused them to have compromised immune systems.

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  • imagenictel:

    Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

    Also, as strange as it sounds, the majority of the children who have died from H1N1 have been teenagers. 

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  • Neither of my kids (nor DH and I) are getting the regular or H1N1 flu shot. 

    Ben and I will be going about our normal activities.  We are already avid hand washers in this house and we will just take it up a notch.  Also, Ben will continue to get his hands wiped with antibacterial wipes after play dates, music class, etc. if no sink is available to wash them.  I refuse to live my life in fear of the flu.  That is just ridiculous to me. 

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    imagenictel:

    Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

    Also, as strange as it sounds, the majority of the children who have died from H1N1 have been teenagers. 

    Now I feel stupid.  I'm going to ask my pedi why she told me that and scared the living daylights out of me.  Thanks for letting me know.  I'm still glad he got the shots, but I hate that it was out of misinformation.

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    Regular for sure and H1N1 when my Pedi has it available.

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  • No I don't think we'll do either, for the same reasons you mentioned.

    We don't do a whole lot of activities right now anyway. But, I'm not going to limit what we do do either. 

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    imagenictel:

    Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

    Also, as strange as it sounds, the majority of the children who have died from H1N1 have been teenagers. 

    Now I feel stupid.  I'm going to ask my pedi why she told me that and scared the living daylights out of me.  Thanks for letting me know.  I'm still glad he got the shots, but I hate that it was out of misinformation.

    Don't feel stupid!  You were just listening to information that your doctor gave you.  And you would have given your child the shots anyway so no harm.  

    A regardless of the total number or that *most* have been cases involving underlying health problems the fact still remains that not all have and nobody knows why this flu affects on person with just mild symptoms and the next it really hits them hard.  It's just too scary to me to risk.  

    Of course, that said I can't find it anywhere and I'm guessing that the way it's spreading that by the time I do it may be too late.  :(

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    imagenictel:

    Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

    Also, as strange as it sounds, the majority of the children who have died from H1N1 have been teenagers. 

    Now I feel stupid.  I'm going to ask my pedi why she told me that and scared the living daylights out of me.  Thanks for letting me know.  I'm still glad he got the shots, but I hate that it was out of misinformation.

    Don't feel stupid!  You were just listening to information that your doctor gave you.  And you would have given your child the shots anyway so no harm.  

    A regardless of the total number or that *most* have been cases involving underlying health problems the fact still remains that not all have and nobody knows why this flu affects on person with just mild symptoms and the next it really hits them hard.  It's just too scary to me to risk.  

    Of course, that said I can't find it anywhere and I'm guessing that the way it's spreading that by the time I do it may be too late.  :(

    I agree, don't feel stupid!  Hopefully it was just a miscommunication between you and your doctor and she wasn't trying to misinform you on purpose just so you would get the vaccine (I'm sure that's not the case).  It's hard to be a mom and have to make so many important decisions for our kids!  :-)

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  • imagenictel:

    Absolutely - DS getting any type of flu is not a risk I am willing to take.  According to our pedi, there have been 81 pediatric deaths from swine flu in NY this year alone. 

    Not trying to call anyone out, but an infant or toddler getting swine flu can be very serious.

    The data is pretty readily available.  As you can imagine, the CDC tracks it all very carefully.  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/.  It scary enough for me to make sure my kids are vaccinated.  I'm not worried about deaths but my daughter has some health concerns and I'm not risking her going in the hospital.

  • Eva has already gotten the seasonal flu shot and will be getting the H1N1 if it ever becomes available. ?She has?respiratory?issues and is considered high risk so her pulmonologist pretty much insisted she get them.
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  • We did the seasonal flu shot but not H1N1. Right after DS got the flu shot, I regretted it because I have never had one so why would I have DS get it? Also, if I didn't feel comfortable giving him the H1N1 why would I do the seasonal. These were thing that occurred to me too late.
  • DH and I are getting the h1n1, but not the reg flu shot. We've never had the flu, and don't believe that the shot really helps a whole lot. It only protects against one strain a year, it has mercury in it, and I'm all set.

    It's been forcasted that 50% of Americans will get h1n1, and DH is in retail. He's getting vaccinated because he will probably get it otherwise, and I'm getting it so I can pass the antibodies onto Savannah through BM. She's not old enough to get the shot yet...but I don't think we'll get it for her when she is. We're at home, she's not in daycare/preschool, but we will still go out to playgroups and just be good about handwashing.

  • No flu shots for us. DD has yet to get a second dose of flu vaccine for the last two years. This year, there is even a larger shortage, so we are using alternative medicines to get us by this season. Vitamin D and Cod Liver Oil.

    I forgot to ask my OB about a H1N1 shot for me (I'm 6 weeks pg), but am going to wait until after the first trimester to really think about getting one. If I m/c I want the shot to go to someone who really wants it, and needs it.

     I am going to stay with our normal activities.

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