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Vaccinating Kids For the Swine Flu

Are You Planning on Vaccinating Your Child For the Swine Flu?

Pumpkin carving, baseball playoffs and chilly weather are all signs of Fall fun and unfortunately, the dreaded flu season. After last year's breakout of the swine flu, also known as H1N1, parents are facing a whole new ballgame. When the virus first came to light, people were in defense mode as the only way to fight the disease was hand washing, arm coughing and other simple avoidance tactics. Now, however, the public is being offered the opportunity to get ahead of the game with the new swine flu vaccine.

While 65 percent of LilSugar readers said they would not get the vaccine if pregnant, I wonder if those same parents will be hesitant to sign their kiddo up for the shot knowing the swine flu is being blamed for claiming the lives of 76 children. A tough question for many parents, it is important to make the right call for yourself. To see some questions and answers regarding the safety of the vaccine, check out the thorough article by Tara Parker Pope of the New York Times and tell me if you are for or against the swine flu vaccine.

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SuzieQ3417 SuzieQ3417 7 years
I work in a hospital and am pregnant. I have already come in contact with multiple people with swine flu, including many who had no significant underlying health problems (contrary to popular belief). Of course I have also seen that most people who have H1N1 (including coworkers) don't require hospitalization and look just like they have the regular flu, which certainly isn't pleasant and requires a good 3-7 days to recover. Regardless, it isn't usually the "flu" per se that gets people in trouble, it is that it changes the dynamics of your lungs and makes it much more likely for you to get a bacterial pneumonia or ARDS (respiratory failure) several weeks later. Needless to say, I'm getting the vaccination. I do it for my own health, and also for the health of the sick and/or elderly patients that I come into contact with each day. If I had children, I would probably get them vaccinated as well. Fortunately we live in a country where we have a choice regarding such things.
KAEB06 KAEB06 7 years
Nope-no one in my family will be getting it.
fjaril fjaril 7 years
a lot of the h1n1 vaccines will have thiomersal in them. that is what I don't want in my vaccine.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
No, we won't be getting it, but we don't do the regular flu vaccines either.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i won't get it for myself, and wouldn't have my kids get it, if i had them. like amber c said, there really hasn't been enough testing for me to feel safe having that injected into my body or the bodies of my loved ones
vickibug vickibug 7 years
What people need to understand is that the H1N1 vaccine is no different from the regular seasonal flu shot. The only reason that there is a separate vaccine is that H1N1 did not come about until after the seasonal flu vaccine for the year had been formulated. It is just a flu shot for a different strain of flu. The seasonal flu vaccine changes each year, to include the next year's strain. I am 21 weeks pregnant and my 4 year old and I have both received the seasonal vaccine and are just waiting on the H1N1 shot to arrive.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
I am very torn on this decision. I am 28 weeks pregnant right now and my doctor has advised me to get a flu shot this year so I did and my son was advised to get it also by his doctor so I did and they are saying we should be the H1N1 shot also but I just don't know what to do. I would hate to get it and then have something happen to my baby but then if I don't get it and something happened I would feel terrible also. This is the first year that my son and I have ever had a flu shot. We have always been very healthy but now with a little baby coming in January I just don't know what to do.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
How many died from the regular garden variety flu? Also, some of the kids who died from H1N1 had underlying medical conditions. One of our local papers screamed that a high school freshman died of the swine flu. I remarked to my husband that there probably was a contributing factor to this poor girl's demise. Sure enough...she had a heart condition. (There is one thing I do find kind of funny. The pork market did take a bit of a hit, because some people actually believed that you could get H1N1 from eating pork. )
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