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#1 of 14 Old 12-07-2007, 03:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Doc Wants all 5 of us to get the shot later today. We do not immunize but I do not want the Flu eaither. Doc said if baby gets it it will be very bad!! I heard that the Flu Shot can make you sick. We have a big weekend planned and we cannot afford to have sick childern. Got any facts on the shot or any advice?? Thanks!
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NO NO NO NO NO!! The flu shot is not given to babies before 6 months!! It isn't licensed for use. The AAP recommends all caregivers and family members be vaxxed. But NOOOOO newborns http://www.aap.org/advocacy/washing/Flu_vaccine.htm

I think Dr Sears recommends 9 months. So the baby will be about 12 months before you will have to face this again.

Personally we do not do flu shots but I don't really have a reason other than preference. Of COURSE the doc is going to scare you about this. You might want to do so for you and partner, but I hesitate to do the shot for kids. I mean, for me I guess I know if you're healthy, the flu isn't devestating. Maybe I am wrong...

Check out the vaccination board on MDC.

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we don't do flu shots. this is not THE reason why we don't (i have a few), but a friend of ours got one 2 years ago and ended up being REALLY sick and in the hospital. i would just suggest washing hands a lot, avoid rubbing your eyes, and take vit c and echinacea during flu seasons...also ermergen-c works wonders when avoiding sickness. sambucal for kids works GREAT too!
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Ok I guess I was not clear. Sorry. The doctor wants all BUT the baby to get immunized. So no, not Piper. She is too young.
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Ok I guess I was not clear. Sorry. The doctor wants all BUT the baby to get immunized. So no, not Piper. She is too young.
Oh! Whew. I was going to suggest you fire that quack. But I'm the one that can't count

So maybe you and partner if you're worried, but I don't do flu shots for any of us. No reasons needed in my mind - I just say, "No, we don't do them."

Easier said than done sometimes I know, but I am getting better at it!

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If you normally don't vax, I really wouldn't do this one. Last I read, the flu shot was the only vax that could still contain that mercury preservative, shoot I can't remember the name but YKWIM, right?

Anyway we don't do flu shots, I think they are a bunch of hype. I got one every year from when I was about 13-23 and was so proud that I never got the flu... then I haven't gotten one since and I have still never gotten the flu. Nor have my kids, even the ones bringing nasty germs home from school. I think hand washing is much easier and just as preventative, personally, and we do emergen-c and airborne whenever we feel like we might be coming down with something.
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you can totally refuse, and your dr should respect that. he's not the boss of you!

there are mercury free flu shots available - ds & i got these since we're in very flu conducive environments. both of us were 100% fine afterwards, not sick or even sore at the injection site.

HTH.
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sambucal for kids works GREAT too!
Heh, I read this too quickly and thought you said Sambuca works great for kids, as in the anise-flavored liquer.

I'm going to adon's house next time I feel sick!


OP: you say you don't immunize, so why would the flu shot be any different? I know it's anecdotal, but the only time I got the flu was the year I got the shot.

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I wouldn't get it for any of you. I do not think the flu vaccines prevents flu.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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I definately wouldn't.
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We homeschool, and my boys get good sleep. The one year that DH got the shot he got the flu?? So he would rather not get it.
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Dh used to (have to) get the shot while he was in the Army. was sick as a dog every year for 3 months after the shot. He hasn't gotten anything worse than a bad cold since then. I never had the shot, I never had the flu. We believe in washing hands and staying away from sick people.
So your doc "insists", huh? So what?????
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flu shots contain mercury.. big no.. they are avail w/o but most places don't have them .. total deal breaker.. you can say no,, they can't make you..hugs
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oscillococcinum by boiron at 1st sign of anything is great to treat too

check www.909shot.com for thimerosal (mercury) content of all shots.. a lot of travel vaxes and adult preps and immunoglobulins still contain hg.. tetanus adult prep too..
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