I do not normally vax.
My youngest (age 9) is prone to chest infections. She has probably averaged one a year over the course of her life - and they are (thankfully) becoming more spaced out as she ages. There is a long complicated medical reason for this, but suffice to say we do not smoke, nor does she have asthma.
Her last bout of a chest infection was a dousy - it landed her in the children's hospital for 5 days. The pneumonia developed from the flu.
I would really like to give her lungs a chance to heal further, and break the pattern of chest infections.
I am thinking of giving her a flu shot next year.
Here are a few questions, should anyone have any stats handy. As you can imagine (as a non vaxxer who is considering a vax) I am open to info from all sources:
How effective is the flu vax?
How common is the flu?
How safe is the flu vax?
Is the flu vax one shot or two - if two, how effective is one shot?
Is there any other specific info I need to know about the flu shot?
Numerous people (adults) at my husbands work used to get the flu shot - but stopped because they would always get sick after the shot. Any one else hear of this?
I have also considered the pneumonia vax - I disregarded it a few years ago because it only seemed to cover some pneumonias but not others (???) but I might need to rethink that as well.
Pneumonia vaccines do last a longer period than flu (by far) so maybe that is the way to go. Sigh. So many questions.
What do people think of the pneumonia vaccine?
Edited by purslaine - 4/29/12 at 8:14am