- 9 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
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My son (6 mos) got it last Wed. I had a cold that week and my son started getting sick Thurs. I can’t tell what he got sick from, but I’d much rather deal with this relatively minor sickness than the flu. (He’s had no fever, just congestion, coughing and now he’s pretty hoarse). I get the flu shot each year and haven’t gotten sick from it, even this year when I got the nasal vaccine which if i’m correct, has the live virus in it. My husband, a teacher, got it last year and is getting it this year, but he usually doesn’t get it.
My personal feeling is that if someone in the house is immunocompromised, then it is to their benefit if everyone else in the house gets their shots. So if my grandmother is living with us, or while our Dear Daughter is very young, I prefer to have everyone in the house vaccinated. But before we had Dear Daughter and it was just DH and me I didn’t care if he had all his shots. He is an adult and it is his choice up to that point.
Children and the elderly are considered a high risk group for the flu, meaning if they do contract it, they have a higher chance of death. I think that our generation is very ill-educated about the flu and vaccines in general, but the truth of the matter is that historically, a big flu pandemic breaks out approximately every 30 or so years. The last significant flu in the US was the Spanish flu in 1918 which killed 50 million people, so we are WAY overdue. And even though there has been a lot of hub-bub in recent years that has people rolling their eyes, there is a reason why the CDC and WHO have flipped over the recent flu outbreaks, because there is a serious chance one of them could take out a huge part of the population.
So I say protect your kids in any way you can. There are no long term side effects for flu shots (the same technology has been used to over 60 years so plenty of tiem to study it) and the amount of formaldehyde in it is so minute, it’s less than is produced by children’s bodies naturally. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/ucm187810.htm
I have been personally a little freaked out by the whole vaccine thing lately. DH decided not to get his this year either, because he was just so grossed out by what we’ve been seeing.
I’m not resolved 100% on what we’re going to do for all vaccines, but I think flu is one of the things we’re going to skip. Its my personal belief we push way too many shots on our babies from way too young an age. Even if we do vaccinate, I’m very interested in the slower schedules.
One thing I AM sure about is breastfeeding for as long as possible. The best way to strengthen your baby’s immune system is to breastfeed, so whatever I can do naturally, that’s what we’re going to do – even if I have to sit in my office and pump all day long!
@chasesgirl – I work in a hospital too. I’ve worked here 3 years, and our flu vaccine policy has changed immensely. 1st year, flu vaccine was encouraged but optional. Last year, we had to wear masks in patient areas if we didn’t get it. This year, we get fired if we don’t get it.
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