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01-30-2013 02:53 PM
Taximom5
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Originally Posted by Annalisa View Post

For what it is worth, I've never heard of anyone among the people I hang out with getting tested for the flu, unless maybe it is very severe.  We are not supposed to take ourselves or the kids to the Dr. for it, either.  Just do regular home care, over the counter meds, etc.  If you have a cough that goes on for longer than three weeks, they might see you.  This was central wisconsin.  The only time they test for regular illness is if they think it is strep throat. 

 

It sounds like this is not the norm everywhere.  That's interesting.

You're right. The norm in the cities I've been in seems to be for people to panic if they think that they have the flu, and to rush to the doctors.  The local news media reports the number of confirmed flu cases, so there may be some pressure on the doctors to encourage patients to come in so that they can test them.  A couple of years ago, when the h1n1 panic was at its peak, one of my kids had a urinary tract infection, and the doctors insisted on doing a nasal swab for h1n1 (which, of course, was negative).

01-30-2013 12:14 PM
Annalisa

For what it is worth, I've never heard of anyone among the people I hang out with getting tested for the flu, unless maybe it is very severe.  We are not supposed to take ourselves or the kids to the Dr. for it, either.  Just do regular home care, over the counter meds, etc.  If you have a cough that goes on for longer than three weeks, they might see you.  This was central wisconsin.  The only time they test for regular illness is if they think it is strep throat. 

 

It sounds like this is not the norm everywhere.  That's interesting.

01-23-2013 01:01 PM
Turquesa
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Originally Posted by emmy526 View Post

torrington here...i have cousins in enfield  smile.gif

You're both probably aware of this already, but there's legislation in your state to allow employee exemptions for mandatory flu vax. Definitely call your senators and reps on this!
01-22-2013 04:01 PM
emmy526
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Originally Posted by sassyfirechick View Post

Enfield :-)

torrington here...i have cousins in enfield  :)

01-22-2013 02:48 PM
sassyfirechick
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Originally Posted by emmy526 View Post

you can change your mind and vax, just as easily as the mom who changes her mind not to vax, and signs a waiver....you can always take your child to the health dept for a vax, instead of her pedi

Yep.  We started off vaxing but stopped at 4mos - my ped tried to say I couldn't do a waiver that it was all or nothing, but I knew she was bs'ing me.  Be nice if she'd give me a medical waiver since she agreed that DD had a pretty bad reaction...nope! Oh well.

01-22-2013 02:39 PM
sassyfirechick
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Originally Posted by emmy526 View Post

i am in Ct and hae been using one for my kids for over 14yrs now...never a hassle...the school nurse even provided one for me..btw. where in ct are you? NW corner here

Enfield :-)

01-22-2013 02:04 PM
prosciencemum That's an article about a specific type of h1n1 vaccine used during the 2009/2010 pandemic concerns. I'm glad they're looking into some possible serious rare side effects, but it doesn't seem very relevant to considerations about getting the flu vaccine in 2012/2013....
01-22-2013 01:46 PM
serenbat

some more to think about - http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/nm/insight-evidence-grows-for-narcolepsy-link-to-gsk-swine-flu-shot

01-21-2013 06:34 PM
A&A
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Originally Posted by FiveZip View Post

The pediatrician asked whether I wanted to do that, but that would mean my DD won't be able to receive ANY vaccine after I claim it.  I didn't want that.  It's so tricky.....

 

And, A&A, thanks for that info.  Were you talking about disease vax or flu shots?  I'll call around in the future, but our pediatrician does not charge co-pay for shot visits.  Getting single doses would cost me a lot of money if I go to a pharmacy.

 

I was talking about the flu shot.

01-21-2013 02:41 PM
serenbat
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In my experience once flu season is in swing they just go by symptoms and don't test, since the treatment is the same either way.

I guess I don't really know how big a group "everyone I know who got a flu shot" is, so maybe it's not that unusual. Overall, only one third of flu tests come back positive, so if we're talking a group of like twenty people, yes I think it's bizarre they all got flu tests and even more bizarre they were all positive.

 

I have no clue what you are basing this on but in my state we go by facts- real ones and we really are doing testing and we certainly want to know what type of flu it is. I know some doing testing, I know some who have been tested and NO, not all are treated the same- far from it. I have seen testing in the ER and I know there is testing going on in prisons and nursing homes- it's very real.

 

We record info around here - http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/influenza_(flu)/14161/pa_influenza_weekly_report/557490

01-21-2013 01:20 PM
Rrrrrachel In my experience once flu season is in swing they just go by symptoms and don't test, since the treatment is the same either way.

I guess I don't really know how big a group "everyone I know who got a flu shot" is, so maybe it's not that unusual. Overall, only one third of flu tests come back positive, so if we're talking a group of like twenty people, yes I think it's bizarre they all got flu tests and even more bizarre they were all positive.
01-21-2013 10:43 AM
serenbat
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No, I mean bizarre that they all actually got a flu test. That's very unusual.

 

why is that? Really seem bizarre to me that you are stating it's unusual.

 

what section of the country are you in? is this just based on personal opinion or some fact?

 

 

Mine - they are super vigilant about testing at Dr.  offices. clinics, urgent cares and ER's - I can go to my state's dept of health info and see updates with the testing results and I known personally a lot of testing is going on.

01-21-2013 10:27 AM
moonjunio If your child needs two doses (and apparently many first timers under 9 years old do?) then it takes SIX weeks for protection to really kick in, because you have to wait 28 days between doses, then 2 more weeks for all the antibodies to get into gear. I think I would have declined the shot if I had realized this, because the season's peak should be over by then. Ask your doc if you're considering it.
01-21-2013 05:37 AM
Rrrrrachel It takes up to two weeks but in most cases you have immunity within a week.
01-21-2013 05:36 AM
kathymuggle
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Originally Posted by colsxjack View Post

We are thinking of getting one for ourselves and our 3 yr old DD.

We have new born twins and our DD is in daycare and seems to come down with everything going around. We do not want the babies to get sick. Well, we do not want anyone to get sick. But it would be worst for little 7 week old babies

If you are leaning towards getting it, I would do it now rather than later.  It takes two weeks to kick in - CDC.

 

It does look like the flu is on the wane in southern Ontario

 

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/871520---massive-very-sharp-peak-of-flu-passed

01-20-2013 09:02 PM
colsxjack

We are thinking of getting one for ourselves and our 3 yr old DD.

We have new born twins and our DD is in daycare and seems to come down with everything going around. We do not want the babies to get sick. Well, we do not want anyone to get sick. But it would be worst for little 7 week old babies

01-20-2013 02:35 PM
emmy526
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Originally Posted by FiveZip View Post

The pediatrician asked whether I wanted to do that, but that would mean my DD won't be able to receive ANY vaccine after I claim it.  I didn't want that.  It's so tricky.....

 

And, A&A, thanks for that info.  Were you talking about disease vax or flu shots?  I'll call around in the future, but our pediatrician does not charge co-pay for shot visits.  Getting single doses would cost me a lot of money if I go to a pharmacy.

you can change your mind and vax, just as easily as the mom who changes her mind not to vax, and signs a waiver....you can always take your child to the health dept for a vax, instead of her pedi

01-20-2013 10:06 AM
FiveZip
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Originally Posted by sassyfirechick View Post

I'm in CT and plan to file religious exempt.

The pediatrician asked whether I wanted to do that, but that would mean my DD won't be able to receive ANY vaccine after I claim it.  I didn't want that.  It's so tricky.....

 

And, A&A, thanks for that info.  Were you talking about disease vax or flu shots?  I'll call around in the future, but our pediatrician does not charge co-pay for shot visits.  Getting single doses would cost me a lot of money if I go to a pharmacy.

01-20-2013 08:16 AM
A&A
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Originally Posted by FiveZip View Post

.  I would have no choice of giving my DD a mercury-free one.  

 

 

 

  I'm not sure why you think the choice is entirely out of your hands.  Our regular clinic only had shots with mercury.  So I went to the local pharmacy, where they had mercury-free shots, for the same $25 that I would have had to pay in a co-pay at my doctor's office, anyway.   The single-dose vials do not contain mercury.  The multi-dose vials do.  So I just had to find someone giving out shots from single-dose vials.  Places like small pharmacies are more likely to have single-dose vials because they give out fewer shots.  Places giving out massive amounts of shots are more likely to have multi-dose vials.  

01-19-2013 10:07 PM
sbgrace We did this year. We got influenza last year and I have two asthmatics now--one poorly controlled who also has immune system issues. I am not, though, at all convinced the effectiveness and benefit outweighs the negatives. I just didn't want to have to tell grandparents and my son's geneticist again this year that I didn't get the vax and he got influenza. Also, particularly given his health right now, I wanted to do what could be done to protect him. If I had healthy kids I wouldn't get the vax.
01-19-2013 07:24 PM
NSN9211

Our whole family gets one every yr, this yr was the first time for my daughter.  She was 13 months when she got it, so it was a 2 stage shot.  There are so many articles for and against that it's really a personal decision.  I prefer to vaccinate than risk my family getting sick.  I know there's still a chance to catch a different strain of flu, but anything that lessens our chances is worth doing my my opinion.
 

01-19-2013 02:41 PM
emmy526
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Originally Posted by sassyfirechick View Post

I'm in CT and plan to file religious exempt.

i am in Ct and hae been using one for my kids for over 14yrs now...never a hassle...the school nurse even provided one for me..btw. where in ct are you? NW corner here

01-19-2013 02:04 PM
sassyfirechick

I'm in CT and plan to file religious exempt.

01-19-2013 12:27 PM
FiveZip

It sounds like many of you at least had a choice whether to vax or not vax, give standard or mercury-free.  First of all, when I spoke to our pediatrician, she said they have to give whatever vaccines they get sent from the state.  Many offices and clinics I spoke with in upstate NY (where we lived when DD was born) and in CT are pretty much the same. I cannot specify a certain brand of vaccine.  I would have no choice of giving my DD a mercury-free one.  

 

Secondly, in CT, it's become a law for children in school/daycare to get one.  Even though we do vaccinate my DD, she was on a delayed schedule and I had no intention of ever giving her flu shots.  We have a very good pediatrician who wrote a letter to the school, but it was not accepted.  She HAD to get it in order to stay in school.  I was not happy about it.

01-19-2013 10:31 AM
Rrrrrachel No, I mean bizarre that they all actually got a flu test. That's very unusual.
01-19-2013 10:13 AM
sassyfirechick

I thought it was too - seems pretty unlikely that they would all have gotten the flu, but they did!  The one with the 6mo even thought that by send him to stay with her mother for the week he'd be spared - nope.  Of course she didn't send him away until after he'd been exposed so at that point there was really no chance he was getting away without it.   DH works with the "cream of the crop" as fas as unheathy goes (firefighter in the city) so he's constanly exposed and I'd say I have a fairly high chance of being exposed working for a town municipality with constant contact from the public, but so far we've been fine - in spite of living with an 'epidemic' in our state. 

01-19-2013 10:07 AM
Rrrrrachel That's bizarre.
01-19-2013 10:02 AM
sassyfirechick
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Originally Posted by Rrrrrachel View Post

Are you sure they had the flu? Did they get a swab? Of people who actually go get tested only 1/3 test positive for the flu. There are a lot of other viruses circulating this time of year that people often think are the flu.

If this was to me, yes they all ran out to the ER to get tested and all were positive.

01-19-2013 10:01 AM
sassyfirechick
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Originally Posted by BeckyBird View Post

I voted, but my first choice of "HELL NO" was not in the poll!

Will have to settle for a simple "no" instead orngtongue.gif

HAHA I was just reading through after responding and this was exactly the answer I said out loud before I saw the options!

01-19-2013 09:57 AM
Rrrrrachel Are you sure they had the flu? Did they get a swab? Of people who actually go get tested only 1/3 test positive for the flu. There are a lot of other viruses circulating this time of year that people often think are the flu.
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