I'm trying to decide whether my 9 month old daughter needs a flu vaccination. I'm looking for info (balanced) and opinions, any considerations I might not have thought of.
I do vaccinate, the general ones that are routinely done for infants, and I'm happy with that decision. I realize some people don't, and there are reasons not to, but I'm happier knowing she's protected against these more serious diseases, despite the ingredients, etc.
For the Flu, however, I'm torn. The flu doesn't seem to me to be int eh same class as smallpox, for example. Yes, it CAN be serious, especially in babies, but I wonder if it's a bit of overkill due to society's fear of germs.(ie: antibacterial freaking EVERYTHING on the store shelves) I worry about the ingredients (formeldahyde and mercury are two I came accross), I worry about denying her body the chance to strengthen by fighting off things as a child, and I wonder if there is really a point. I was told it only protects agains the main 3 strains they think will be the big ones, so if she catches another one, what was the point?
I will probably be putting my daughter into a daycare setting in about 2 months, so that is another factor. With increased exposure to kids, she has increased exposure to diseases. She has had her share of colds since I frequent baby groups. I also understand if she gets it, I should get it too, but I wouldn't have considered it for myself otherwise, which makes me wonder.
My doctor told my sister (who also has a baby) that it is 'strongly suggested' for babies 6-23 months. I haven't talked to him yet, I want to be armed with info. I don't think he'd try to force me, but he obviously has his opinion so I want to know better where I stand before I talk to him about it.
Sorry this got long. I welcome opinions, info and suggestions to help me make this decision.