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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by AlexisT View Post

 

prosciencemum, you're right that the NHS has not yet rolled out universal flu vaccination--though IIRC they do now give pregnant ladies the jab. 

 

Yeah, and I think if you wait a bit you can get it if you want at the pharmacy. They just make sure all the asthmatics and elderly who want to get it have had chance first. Boots told me that for £10 I could get it, but they don't do under 16s (I think; might have been 18s), but that they could go to the Doctor if we wanted. I didn't pursue that this year, although I am worried my son (2) is developing asthma, so may be getting it for him in the future. 

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post #23 of 35
The first year in a group setting is really bad for illness but it should even out after that. The flu is only one of the many illnesses that go around but when your child gets a disease a month it is nice to prevent as much as possible.
post #24 of 35

Everyone in my family does get the flu shot! It is a guess to the strains, but they usually put 2-3 strains in there and even then, it can give you a little help with fighting the flu even if the strain has mutated by the time it gets to you.

 

I live in Canada, so the shot is "free" for us. It might be a different consideration if I had to pay for it, so that's something to think about.

 

The flu shot has been shown to be safe. Often it *does* contain thimerosal if you're concerned about that (though thimerosal-free versions also exist). That wasn't a concern for us, since we also occasionally eat some tuna and other fish known to contain trace heavy metals, and have decided not to sweat it.

 

I made sure to get it when I was pregnant because of the danger to the fetus if I got the flu. Anyway, I figured that even if they got the strain wrong, I'd be in the same spot I was before anyway, so I might as well get it!

post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by MichelleZB View Post

 Anyway, I figured that even if they got the strain wrong, I'd be in the same spot I was before anyway, so I might as well get it!

 

This is not quite true.  You would probably be in the same spot.

 

According to the CDC, the influenza shot, may , in rare cases give people Guillain Barre syndrome.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/guillainbarre.htm

 

You may decide the pros outweigh the risks with the flu shot, but I don't think anyone should assume there are no risks to getting a shot.

post #26 of 35
If I goto the store to see if ice cream is on sale I figure I either come home with ice cream, or I'm no worse off than I was before. I might get into an accident on the way there, but I don't really factor that in.
post #27 of 35
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Often it *does* contain thimerosal if you're concerned about that (though thimerosal-free versions also exist). That wasn't a concern for us, since we also occasionally eat some tuna and other fish known to contain trace heavy metals, and have decided not to sweat it

 

I actually looked into that a few days ago, and there were lots of thimerosal free versions available last season. It seems more have become available over the past few years.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaxsupply.htm

post #28 of 35
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If I goto the store to see if ice cream is on sale I figure I either come home with ice cream, or I'm no worse off than I was before. I might get into an accident on the way there, but I don't really factor that in.

 

I like the analogy there.

 

I didn't get a flu vax for years because my mom once had an annoying though short-term reaction to one, but since I started getting it, I've never had a problem.

 

I don't think most people on MDC assume there is no risk at all to a vaccine, so the idea that there is a small risk is not earth-shattering news to us.

 

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I actually looked into that a few days ago, and there were lots of thimerosal free versions available last season. It seems more have become available over the past few years.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaxsupply.htm

 

As a retail pharmacist, I give flu shots during flu season. My employer (PM me if you really want to know) stocks the thimerosal-free version in at least some stores. We typically made sure pregnant women got that version, but a non-pregnant person could request it if they wanted.

post #29 of 35
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post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by kathymuggle View Post

 

This is not quite true.  You would probably be in the same spot.

 

According to the CDC, the influenza shot, may , in rare cases give people Guillain Barre syndrome.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/guillainbarre.htm

 

You may decide the pros outweigh the risks with the flu shot, but I don't think anyone should assume there are no risks to getting a shot.

Sure, but you can also get Guillain Barre syndrome from having the flu itself, which the vaccine helps prevent. So you can use that while you weight the pros and cons.

post #31 of 35

Not planning to. Neither of us have ever had it, and I think the only one in my family who has was my sis. She got really sick from it and was dizzy, had to go home from work. Dr said she was clinically passing out (whiting out w/ dizzy). Not really thinking there's anything to it. Everyone I know who has gotten it gets as sick as everyone else does so I don't really see the point.

post #32 of 35

Neither I nor anyone in my family has ever had a flu shot.  I dont feel they are necessary and putting that junk in our bodies makes me very uncomfortable
 

post #33 of 35

Before DD was born, I generally didn't bother, but then DD was premature, with RDS, and all of a sudden I was on board with flu shots!  For everybody!  I kept her home through her first flu season, and now I check with the daycares annually to see if they make flu shots available to employees (I can't make anyone get it, but I can make it easy for them to get it if they want), and I encourage people who take care of our kids to get one.

 

DD is (knock wood) phenomenally healthy.  She's really very seldom sick.  I was thinking of backing off this year, but now I understand I'm going to need chemo, so I'm back on board with flu shots!  for everyone!

post #34 of 35
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  She's really very seldom sick.  I was thinking of backing off this year, but now I understand I'm going to need chemo, so I'm back on board with flu shots!  for everyone!

 

I am sorry you need chemo.  Positive health vibes for you and yours!  goodvibes.gif

post #35 of 35

No one in our house gets the flu shot.  DH b/c he's too lazy and everyone else b/c we somehow never get anything but colds.  I'm much more worried about the side effects from a yearly shot than a bout of the flu, especially when you add in the effectiveness of the flu shot.

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