T.M. asks from Urbana, IL on November 03, 2006
Flu Shot - Urbana,IL
i was just wondering about others experiences with the flu shot. when i was pregnant it was recommended and i refused to get it due to the pregnancy. now she will be 1 next monday and due for her shots and i'm struggling with whether or not to give it to her. she is in daycare so she's obviously around other kids that are constantly sick. she has had colds, constant diarhea and a few fevers in her 1 year of life. i'm just one of those people that has never had the flu and believe that's if it's not a necessary shot, why bother. i wrote this before researching and finding the same question asked last month. but other advice is useful.
So What Happened?™
she got the flu shot. so far no reactions, thankfully, but i'm still keeping a good eye on her. i sat down and weighed the pros and cons and decided to do it. but all of your responses were great and well needed. i also ended up getting her the hepatitis a shot. as soon as i took her to daycare today she grabbed a toy out of one kids mouth and put it in hers and that really sealed the deal for me. thanks
J.T. answers from Topeka on November 04, 2006
I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old. my 5 year had her first flu shot last year. as did me youngest one. My kids did not get sick however i guess i should have got one for my self becuase i was as sick as a dog with the flu, but they never caught it. since she is in daycare i would suggest getting the shot but that is just a suggestion
L.W. answers from St. Louis on November 04, 2006
Be aware that the flu shot has mercury in it which causes autism in some children. I personally wouldn't. The reason your child is sick is b/c of day care. Do you have her in a center or a home child care? The number of children in home child care is much less so you might consider that for her. Congrats on your engagement! Colds, fevers etc does not mean she would get the flu.....it just means she is being exposed to a lot really early in life.
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R.D. answers from St. Louis on November 04, 2006
Hey T., I would talk to your daughter's doctor about the flu shot. My daughter is 3 going on 4 in Jan. and didn't get a flu shot last year because her physician said it wasn't necessary since she wasn't a high risk child. My in-laws wanted her to have one since my mother-in-law is a nurse but the only person who should be making this kind of decision is the parent(s) and the doctor. Talk to your doctor.
A. answers from St. Louis on November 06, 2006
I just took my 17 month-old dtr to get her second round of flu shot (they have to get 2, two months apart their first year). Shots suck, but the flu sucks so much worse (it's absolutely awful) and can be deadly- people die every year from it. Since she's old enough and is definitely exposed, I say you should definitely have her get the shot and get it yourself. You cannot get the flu from the shot (though you can still get another strain of it or a cold), and it protects you from the most common strain (or two) this year. My dtr had no side effects from it and I never have (I've gotten it for about 8 years).
A.V. answers from Peoria on November 03, 2006
For the last 2 years I have gotten flu shots for my kids. I did this because I always had a baby in the house and wanted to protect my little ones from getting the flu or at least from getting it as bad. I myself stay away from the flu shot - but I want to protect my kids from being miserably sick if at all possible.
M.W. answers from Kansas City on November 03, 2006
My 2 year old is getting his flu shot in two weeks. My pediatrician highly recommended it. I also do daycare out of my home. I don't want him to get sick from the other kids, or get sick himself and pass it on. The mom who wrote that kids ages 6mos to 2yrs should get one is right. There have been many articles in the KC Star recently talking about this. I will also be getting one, as recommended, since I am around children so often. Being in daycare ups her odds of getting sick. Anything to prevent it seems like a good idea. Have you asked your pediatrician? Ultimately though, it's your decision. I wish you happiness and health!
S.B. answers from Wichita on November 04, 2006
I am a mother of three and I recommend to get the flu shot. When my first child was a baby I was like you. I was worried about giving them a shot, and his father and I hardly ever got sick. Now I feel really bad, because of our bad decision he ended up with viral pneaumonia (sorry on spelling). He has to get it every year. He is turning 5 tomorrow, and has been healthy since. For my second child where I lived at the time wouldn't give me the flu shot for her due to her age. She was a year old. This was in 2004 when there were shortages. When I did finally get her first half of her flu shot it was too late. She ended up in the hospital for a week. Now I am telling you that is the most horrible thing to see is when your baby is hooked up to machines and all they want is thier mommy, and you really cannot do anything. I had to see tests done to her that I wish my husband and I had never had to see. Just seeing your baby in pain and you cannot take it away is the most frustrating thing. She almost died on us. She was tested for RSV and was negative, but she had Influenza A. The worst flu out there. Matter of fact my husband and I were given antibiotics while we were there due to it being so strong. I never want to go through that ever again, and I don't ever wish that on any mom out there either. Now that I have a third child who is six months she is defintaly going to get it. I just thank god for us being in the military. This is the first year for us being apart of it and we already have had our shots for the year. I highly recommend that every parent get out there and get thier babies (no matter how old they are) to get thier shots and thier vaccinations. I hope I didn't scare you, but I don't want you to go through something so horrifying like we did. I wish the best of luck to you.
M.B. answers from Springfield on November 06, 2006
Like you I was on the fence on whether I should give my 9 month old a flu shot. I ended up giving her one after talking to her pediatrician. The doctor told me how she sees so many babies with the flu and it could have been prevented. I think the reason I was indecisive is b/c I stay at home with her and she has not been sick or even a fever in 9 months. The holidays are coming soon and all of our family is out of town and I would hate to have to skip the holidays over something I could have prevented. My daughter got her shot last Thursday and has not had any reactions. She cried a little at the time of the shot. To me a little crying is better than a lot of sleepless nights and a sick baby.
M.H. answers from Tulsa on November 03, 2006
Your child is at far greater risk not getting the shot than what the side effects would be. Especially if she is in day care!