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Hi everyone I'm new here and I have a question. My dd Lilly was born at 29 weeks weighing 1 lb 13 oz. We have had a lot of trouble with her gaining weight and right now at a year old she just weighs 12 lbs. Last year she got the synagist shot, but wasn't approved for this year and her dr wants her to get the flu shot. I have personally never had the shot and wouldn't even dream of giving to to her if she wasn't so small. She isn't in daycare, but she does go to physical and occupational therapies twice a week. She has never really been sick, but I'm worried that if she gets the flu it would really hurt her. What have others done if they weren't approved for the synagist shot? I want to do the right thing, but I'm scared to get the shot and scared not too. Any advice?<br>
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I think it depends... The flu can kill, if an extreme case is recieved.<br><br>
That said, I am so not a fan of the flu shot. It has thimersol (sp?) in it.... and it is just a "best guess" on which flu strains will be around this season.<br><br>
FLu is also inactiviated virus, so there is a risk for getting it from the shot... I think the nasal one is not inactivated.<br><br>
Neither I nor DD will be getting it, and I have her fully vaxed and she starts Synagys next week.<br><br>
Hopefully others on here can help. A co-worker just came back from an Autism conference, and she is delaying but fully vaxing, but not the flu shot.
 

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My kids are getting the flu shot. They are 3.5 years and 20 months now. We almos lost my dd three times this year already and she has a central line and it is just too much of a risk this year. Her brother is the Germ Magnet so he is getting it too. I will not be getting it as I had a very bad reaction (in the hospital for a week) after my last one at age 18.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...That said, I am so not a fan of the flu shot. It has thimersol (sp?) in it.... and it is just a "best guess" on which flu strains will be around this season. ...<br><br>
Neither I nor DD will be getting it, and I have her fully vaxed and she starts Synagys next week.<br><br>
Hopefully others on here can help. A co-worker just came back from an Autism conference, and she is delaying but fully vaxing, but not the flu shot.</div>
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ITA....Sydney is going to be fully vaxed (abiet a bit slower than our ped would prefer) and we're probably going to end up waiving the flu shot once she hits 6 months old. There is a new pediatric version that is thermisol(sp?) free though and if you do decide to get it I'd get that one.<br><br>
Keith and I aren't doing the flu shot ourselves this year. I'm not a fan of getting vaccinated with something that's really just the "best guess" of some scientist. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">:
 

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I also have a tiny one - 13# at almost a year ( in 3 weeks) and I opted for the flu shot. I have never gotten it with any of my other kids, but she is so vulnerable - jmho.
 

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We're not getting it. DD didn't get it last year, and won't this year, and I didn't when I was pg with her, and won't with this pg either. My DD, though, was a 34 weeker and was fairly large for her gestation, and has had no major health issues. She never qualified for synagis either. I'm not convinced in the flu shot's preventative effects, and as I understood it, the "thimerasol free" shots still contained traces? (My info may be out of date, I haven't researched it since we decided against it last year).<br><br>
Anyway, we're sticking to old-fashioned prevention: frequent hand-washing, avoiding sick people when possible, etc. DH already had it this season, but DD and I were in the clear.
 

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My dd is a former 27 weeker and is also going to be fully vaxed (someday). She did qualify for Synagis and is already on the 2nd shot of the series. I am still BFing her as well. I spoke to my ped about the Flu shot for my baby and we agreed not to give it simply because I was not so comfortable with giving it to dd since she was soo small. She is also not in DC but goes to dr appts, a music class, and her father's home (with 2 other school age kids living there). I did get the shot, though, and hope that maybe she'll be protected enough with my BM.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">FLu is also inactiviated virus, so there is a risk for getting it from the shot... I think the nasal one is not inactivated.</div>
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Just wanted to correct this statement. The flu shot contains an inactivated (dead) virus which is NOT capable of causing the flu. A person may get some flulike symptoms because of the antibody response, but a dead virus cannot replicate inside your body, which is what would be needed for you to actually get the flu.<br><br>
The nasal vaccine (FluMist) is a live attenuated virus - they've genetically engineered it so it can reproduce only in your nasal passages to stimulate an immune response, but in the warmer temps in your lower airways, it cannot reproduce, so it cannot cause a flu infection, either.<br><br>
It's totally your choice whether you vax or not vax - I just wanted to make those particular facts clear.
 

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Thanks for all of the input! I've decided not to do the shot. I really don't think it helps that much. Plus Lilly is still bf a whole lot she seems to have a very strong immune system. My whole family just had a stomach virus and the only one who didn't get sick was Lilly. I just hate going to the dr and getting fussed at for not getting the shot. I like my ped., but he is really, really pro-vax.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">. There is a new pediatric version that is thermisol(sp?) free though and if you do decide to get it I'd get that one.<br>
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this is the one both my girls received. Maggie also got the first rsv shot.<br><br>
DH and I got the adult version. Normally we do not do flu shots. We most likely will do it next year and then stop again.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There is a new pediatric version that is thermisol(sp?) free though and if you do decide to get it I'd get that one. :</div>
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This is absolutely right. It's called Fluzone, made by Sanofi Pasteur. Their no-preservative pediatric dose is entirely thimerosal free - NO trace mercury - because there is no thimerosal used at any point in the manufacturing process. Here is the package insert (prescribing info that comes with the product):<br><br><a href="http://www.vaccineshoppe.com/US_PDF/Fluzone_2005.2006_5097.5098.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.vaccineshoppe.com/US_PDF/..._5097.5098.pdf</a>
 

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Thanks for clearing that up. Sorry I gave out incorrect info.</div>
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No prob! I had to become very educated on flu vaccines a couple jobs ago and now I always feel compelled to share what I know.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just wanted to correct this statement. The flu shot contains an inactivated (dead) virus which is NOT capable of causing the flu. A person may get some flulike symptoms because of the antibody response, but a dead virus cannot replicate inside your body, which is what would be needed for you to actually get the flu.<br><br>
The nasal vaccine (FluMist) is a live attenuated virus - they've genetically engineered it so it can reproduce only in your nasal passages to stimulate an immune response, but in the warmer temps in your lower airways, it cannot reproduce, so it cannot cause a flu infection, either.<br><br>
It's totally your choice whether you vax or not vax - I just wanted to make those particular facts clear.</div>
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So I have a genuine question not trying to stir up ANY debate or disagreement or anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I looked into getting the FluMist and I can't because Sydney has a lowered immune system and the vaccine supposedly "sheds". Do you know how that works? Is it because it's live and those with subpar immune systems can't fight it off as well?
 

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We don't do the flu shot because of the thimersol. I worry more about that especially with them being so small then with getting the flu. Although I guess I worried no matter what getting through our first cold/flu season. At that time neither of our girls were in daycare either.<br><br>
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