My 5 year old son is asthmatic and seems to always have a cough. With all this flu stuff in the news, I'm considering getting my kids the flu vaccine. My son has only had a few shots in his life...
I'm so worried about this...any advice?? Which flu vaccines are the safest?
My youngest is prone to chest infections. She is not asthmatic. After a fair bit of research and soul searching I decided to get her the pneumococcal vaccine instead of going the flu shot route. Here were and are my thoughts:
1. The flu vaccine only cuts your chances of getting the flu (the strain in the vaccine) by about 2%. That is it. In a given year, the flu strain that is in the vaccine hits 2-4% of the population, and about 1-2% if vaccinated.
2. The flu shot has to be given yearly. So, yearly risks from vaccines, yearly visits to clinics, etc.
3. The flu shot may increase susceptibility to other viruses floating around. This is just a hunch based on some studies and anecdotal evidence, so if you want to discount it, that is fine.
4. When I really thought about it, it was not the flu that worried me. It was complications from the flu - i.e pneumonia, so that is what I decided to address. I have no regret on this.
Here is what Cochrane review has to say on influenza vaccine and asthma.
As an aside, is your child seen at a lung clinic? My youngest was referred to a lung clinic after her last bout of pneumonia (well over a year ago!) and it was the best thing ever. She was given exercises to help move the gunk out of her lungs when she gets a cold.
Good luck with your decision!
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