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I'm part of a mom's group....VERY mainstream....and one mom mentioned that her ds got his flu shot today (he's probably about 9 months old...not too much younger than my son) and that next month he has to go back for another one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: I asked why...I thought it was once per season but she said her doc said before the age of 9 they like to give them 2 doses! Extra precaution or something. Somehow I just always assumed it was one. Eegah....the thought makes me shiver of having even one in ds!
 

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That's not the story I heard. We foolishly got one for DD last year, and supposedly the first time they get it they need two doses, but then after that only once a year for the rest of their lives. Was she saying under age 9 years? they need to get it twice a year? Makes it even scarier to me that people say things like "Oh, I just trust my doctor." because obviously either her doc or mine (or both) are wrong.
 

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Oh my gosh! I knew about the two doses for first-time flu-vaxers (I thought it was for everyone - not just kids), but I thought they were supposed to be given a month apart, not a day!<br><br>
Please, please tell me these are the lower-mercury kind (I think I saw a post from Long Island that said kids' flu shots are 12mcg of mercury instead of the full 25...)...<br><br>
Gosh, I hope I'm not full of a bunch of mis-information here!
 

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ok, looks like they're both correct, in a way. Maybe she didn't explain it quite right. It's if they are getting their first dose under 9y.<br><br><a href="http://www.webmd.com/content/article/86/99046.htm" target="_blank">http://www.webmd.com/content/article/86/99046.htm</a><br><br>
and whoopee, we can start lining our kids up for pediatric Flumist with live virus influenza!<br><br><a href="http://www.webmd.com/content/article/121/114369.htm" target="_blank">http://www.webmd.com/content/article/121/114369.htm</a><br><br>
I just read the whole article and realized that the test kids who got the nasal spray were also treated to a medicine free injection so as not to bias the study. Nice. So they got poked for no reason on top of being lab rats.
 

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there is supposedly a thimerosal free kids flu vax...I know I checked the vials on the ones DD got last year and I think it said "Preservative free?" and I did ask my doc if they were mercury free and he said yes...whatever that means though.
 

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Oh cripes, I didn't phrase that right. Another mom chimed in and said that if it's the first time getting one, like an infant, it's two doses. However, the first mom I spoke of did not say that her doc said the same thing.<br><br>
Kinda reminds me of how in yet another group I'm in, one mom's doc was pushing an accelerated schedule of vaxes "becauses diseases are coming back" yet everyone else was doing the traditional schedule...which is fast enough IMO! It's scary that docs don't all seem to say the same thing on certain things.
 

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yup, my state has a "Done by One" campaign that accelerates the CDC schedule. Gross, and scary.
 

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Some docs give kids a half dose at a time of the flu vacc. So they get a total of two shots but still the same amount of of total vaccine that an adult gets. I know this because I worked in a Drs office in the past.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">there is supposedly a thimerosal free kids flu vax...I know I checked the vials on the ones DD got last year and I think it said "Preservative free?" and I did ask my doc if they were mercury free and he said yes...whatever that means though.</div>
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The pediatric dose of Fluzone is completely thimerosal-free. No trace mercury. No mercury at all. It is in limited supply, but those who are in moms' groups with flu-vaxing friends can always suggest that their friends request this one.<br><br>
Package insert:<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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Wow, I just looked at that "Done by One" schedule.<br>
Seriously makes me feel ill.<br>
At 12 months they have DTaP, Hib, Prevnar, flu, HepA, MMR, and Varicella. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Some docs give kids a half dose at a time of the flu vacc. So they get a total of two shots but still the same amount of of total vaccine that an adult gets. I know this because I worked in a Drs office in the past.</div>
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Ahhh, this makes more sense now. Much more sense.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Wow, I just looked at that "Done by One" schedule.<br>
Seriously makes me feel ill.<br>
At 12 months they have DTaP, Hib, Prevnar, flu, HepA, MMR, and Varicella.</td>
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This too makes me physically ill....I can only imagine the damage that's being done. Part of me dosn't understand why this is allowed...but then again docs are great at scare tactics and many parents are ripe for the picking.
 

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My SIL just had her 18month in for her shots and she got the flu shot as well. her Dr. told her that she needed to go back in a month for the 2nd dosing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I couldn't believe it! I am trying my best to educate her about vaccines but she is very mainstream and to be honest, downright lazy. She listens to what her Dr. say as if it were the gospel. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I'm finding people are still so afraid to question doctors...to go against the grain, to "make trouble," to make waves, whatever. This was me. especially after working in doc offices and hospitals, I wanted to be the nice, easy, compliant patient.....after I saw tons of annoying patients come through. Some were annoying for whatever reason, but then there were those who genuinely felt that they weren't getting the best care.<br><br>
It seems that few want to ask questions, few want to research....many just don't seem to want to bother with this stuff and assume the docs know what they are talking about, their child isn't sick or they themselves aren't sick, so why question anything like vaxes? Just like with childbirth and pregnancy, I was the only one out of 2 Babycenter due date groups that did ANY research at all on birth and what was best for baby and mom. I think out of those groups, only 1 or 2 besides me had births with zero interventions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 
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