What do you think?
1) Should flu shots be mandatory for children?
2) What about adults?
I've read some vax debates where people have said that if you don't vax your kid, you are irresponsible and selfish because it disrupts the herd immunity. So,
3) Are you an irresponsible, selfish adult if you don't get a vax?
4) Are you an irresponsible, selfish parent if you don't get your kid a flu vax?
I have quite a few people on my FB newsfeed that are either very pro or very anti and I just feel "Meh" about the whole thing. I get one every year, but that's because I don't want to get the flu, not because I'm selflessly taking one for the team IYKWIM.
Anyways, what say ye?
No, I don't think they should be mandatory for either adults or kids. I'm not going to comment on the irresponsibility/responsibility of other parents who chose not to vax. That's not for me to opine on. Some people who are anti-vax say the same thing about parents who are pro-vax - that they're being irresponsible by allowing their kids to be shot up with that poison, blah blah blah. I don't go there.
I get one every year. Same with DH and the kids. I don't want the flu either, and I really don't want my kids to get it, especially since DS's asthma is triggered by, in part, viral infections. 95% of me does it for me and my family, but the other 5% is glad that I'm not infecting some immuno-compromised or elderly person, or an itty bitty baby too young to get vaxed. Something like 8000 Canadians die every year from flu or complications of the flu. I'll pass on me or anyone in my family becoming a statistic, thanks very much. Ya, I realize that someone's gonna say I have a better chance of getting hit by a car, but there are certain things that are within my control and other things that aren't. KWIM?
Last edited by Claire'sMommy; 11-04-2011 at 07:10 PM.
I will say that I get pretty up in arms about people not giving their kids some of the other vax's, but the flu shot is one that I am more laid back about, except when it comes to my own family. I'm glad if it helps prevent us passing the flu on to anyone else, but mostly I just do it to protect my DH and DS.
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No, they should not be mandatory for children or adults.
I agree with the concept of herd immunity and do think it applied to the whole vaccine debate, but not in regards to seasonly illnesses like the flu. Herd immunity is never really established being a) the flu season is so short b) each year new strains of the flu present themselves c) which strains will be prevalent is based on an (educated) guess and is many times wrong.
So, no I don't think anyone is being irresponsible for not getting a flu shot; however, I feel differently about people not getting vaccines for things like polio.
Mandatory? No way. We never get it, not for us or for the kids. I don't think it even works.
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We get it (my work provides it) and we ensure our kids get both initial and booster.
I think it should be mandatory. Influenza is a killer, even now. You never know who you are going to pass the flu to before you actually feel sick and they will go home to their elderly parent who will then get it and die.
I think a big problem is that many people misunderstand that the flu has nothing to do with the stomach, it is a respiratory disease. In English we even say stomach flu when we mean norovirus or whatever.
I will add that my some of my worst illnesses have come as a result of the flu shot. Yes, I know they say that you can't get sick from the flu shot. But, the literature they give you to read also says to let your doctor know if you have a cold or other respiratory issue. Well, that's the story of my life, between allergies/asthma and teaching and having boys in daycare. There's almost never a time when I don't have some sort of respiratory nonsense going on. I got bronchitis that I couldn't beat for months one year after the flu shot (which I got when I had a sniffle). I don't get the flu and I'm not convinced the vax is helpful.
I do get a flu shot for my boys, though, which is kind of funny, I guess...
I've never had a flu shot and I refuse to give one to my children. I'm not convinced that the vaccine is effective and I don't feel it is worth the risk to expose my kids to it. I've talked with their Pulmonologist about it and he agrees.
I don't really care what anyone else chooses to have injected into their child.....
I love receiving and giving flu shots
A part of me says it should be mandatory (for people that have no contraindications to it) because a healthy person could be carrying the flu around and pass it on to an immunocompromised person who hasn't had the shot yet. Then another part of me says it shouldn't be mandatory because people should have a choice of what goes in them.
No on all counts. It is a personal medical decision. And I am all for vaxing for the deadly and permanently debilitating illnesses.
We don't do flu shots. They aren't always effective against all the strains of flu that may come up in a year. And we are not regularly around anyone who is immune compromised or has other risk factors.
I also question whether they really help the immune system. DH got one last year cause his doctor offered. This year he didn't and he is extra sick! He has had every virus that has gone through the people we know, while I, who have never had that shot, has had a couple of them.
If there was a very good reason to get it (one of us had a risk factor, or there was a major epidemic of a serious flu) I would consider it. But even with H1N1 DH's (good) doctor wasn't advising it because the vax was too new and they weren't sure of 100% effectiveness.