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Old 10-12-2010, 03:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A person I work with asked me if we were going to give a flu shot to our14. Month old. I said " no way ". He said " oh you're one of those. The flu used to kill kids before the vaccine. I know a decent amount but can you give me the simple reasons why the vaccine is not one I should be giving a 14 monnth old. thanks
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"and this vaccinne may have nothing to do with this year's flu"

"horses used to kill too, but we don't stop letting kids take pony rides"

"wow, you seem to have a lot of opinions about other people's medical choices, you planning to go to medical school soon or something?"

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AHAHAHA!

As far as I know, no one in my family in the past 3 generations at least, possibly 5, have died from the flu. Of course, we've all also been at least SOMEWHAT healthy and can fight the flu when we actually get it. which, me, my brother, my mom, my grandma, my grandpa, my stepdad and my aunts and uncles have not gotten it for as far back as I can remember.

I have to say, I'm just not afraid of the flu.
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The flu still sometimes kills people even with the vaccine. And?

I would just shrug and say, "My children's medical care is really none of your business." Then change the subject. You don't owe him an explanation or defense.

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This is what I would have looked like after that little speech.
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"As much as I love unsolicited parenting advice from co-workers, we're comfortable in our choice. But thank you for butting in for our own good."
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Yeah, I hear flu shots will make my child give unsolicited parenting advice when she grows up. Yuck!

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I guess the flu can kill and probably did more before they INVENTED IV fluids and antibiotics and SANITATION

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"Thanks for your concern. Please pass the stapler."
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Say, "Wow, really? Analysis of studies shows it's no better than a placebo, so why bother?"

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In children under two, the efficacy of inactivated vaccine was similar to placebo.
http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab004879.html

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Say, "Wow, really? Analysis of studies shows it's no better than a placebo, so why bother?"



http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab004879.html


Are there ANY studies which show a benefit to the flu vaccine in babies/young toddlers?

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Are there ANY studies which show a benefit to the flu vaccine in babies/young toddlers?
Well, if you read through the Cochrane review, they state it's pretty slim pickings...

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We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2007, issue 3); OLD MEDLINE (1950 to 1965); MEDLINE (1966 to September 2007); EMBASE (1974 to September 2007); Biological Abstracts (1969 to September 2007); and Science Citation Index.
And it was...

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...surprising to find only one study of inactivated vaccine in children under two years, given current recommendations to vaccinate healthy children from six months old in the USA and Canada. If immunisation in children is to be recommended as a public health policy, large-scale studies assessing important outcomes and directly comparing vaccine types are urgently required.
(98 words in quotations)

There might be some recent ones out there as this review goes to 2007. But it doesn't seem, based on the above, to be widely studied.

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