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Flu shots

WHAT a morning!
I'd forgotten JUST how much Ireland is scared of needles, but what a nasty reminder! Took the girls for their flu shots, and Brenna for a Hep A shot for when we go away this winter, Brenna did well, cried but got over it quick. Then Ireland started FLIPPING OUT! The nurse was super calm and once I was able to get Ireland on my lap, she gave her the shot, but by that time I was crying and we were all a mess! Next year my hubby is doing it! My nerves are shot! I don't know what's going to happen next year, since Ireland is supposed to get a shot at school! She has such a phobia, I don't know what to do about it!

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Seriously, I almost think getting shots when they're babies is way easier! I think it hurts your heart to see them cry just the same when they're older!

Jackson cried really quietly when he got his (I got mine right before him and he didn't seem to be phased). The nurse commented how he was a silent cryer. Then once she left the room, the crocodile tears started rolling!

I think the nurses are just about used to everything.

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Poor girl! Maybe she'll grow out of it?
I totally used to flip out too--when I was five, I had to be admitted to the hospital for some nasty respiratory issues and at one point, it took my dad pretty much sitting on top of me and a nurse at each arm and leg to hold me down to get a shot. Talk about traumatic! I still would nearly vomit any time a needle came close to me, up through my pregnancy. I've gotten cavities filled (4 at once, even!) and crowns done with no novicaine because I couldn't handle the needles being near me--I'd rather deal with the pain. Now, I donate blood and platelets with some frequency and no longer feel sick about it.

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poor baby.... we are up for shots in less than 2 weeks and I will cry like you.. DH is coming so I may make him hold him and cry in my corner .... Sad

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That sounds tough. Its much easier when they are babies and they don't know to expect it. Today at the pedi they offered Deacon his flu shot (after I asked if they had them) and I said we would wait for his 3 yr appt. I just couldn't go through that today.

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Jenn why don't you do flu-mist for him? That's what Sophia did this year. I think it's for ages 2 - 55.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Jenn why don't you do flu-mist for him? That's what Sophia did this year. I think it's for ages 2 - 55.

There was jsut a news story about how the Mist is not adequate protection. I'll try to find the story, but I'm pretty sure they recently pulled it.

ETA: I can't find the story. Weird, I was so sure I heard that. I think I need more sleep. :oops:

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Interesting. This article I just found says the opposite. Let me know what you find.

http://www.examiner.com/healthy-trends-in-atlanta/study-finds-flu-shots-are-not-as-effective-as-they-need-to-be

They found that the most commonly used flu vaccine has an efficacy rate of only about 59 percent for adults ages 18 to 65. If you were giving the flu shot a grade, that would be an F.

However, if you grade the nasal mist flu vaccine it would be a B. The mist is about 83 percent effective in children ages six months to seven years.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Jenn why don't you do flu-mist for him? That's what Sophia did this year. I think it's for ages 2 - 55.

Because he had wheezing at his last appt they said he isn't eligible for the mist as it causes asthma attacks at times. It stinks because I know he doesn't have asthma and I really think the wheezing is so rare for him that it should even count.

And I actually heard that the mist was more effective than the shot too. The pedi mentioned something about that today. I told her I just need him to get something before the baby gets here.

Amber - if you find the article I'm interested in reading it too.

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Cora got her first half of her flu shot, and will get the second half at her 1 year appointment. Lyla will get her mist/shot at her 3 year appointment. Unfortunately both of them came down with the flu Halloween night, and today is the first day they are doing well. Lyla missed a whole week of school, it was a rough week.

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I wonder if Ireland might do better w/the shots if you're not there. I agree, shots as they get older suck!

The flu mist...we did that last year for Miles and I didn't realize that he couldn't be around anybody receiving Chemo treatments. My grandma was at the time. Thankfully she had just had blood work done and asked her doctor if it was okay to be around Miles and it was so we just barely made it to Christmas at their house. I'm not doing the flu mist again for that reason. I'm really torn on even having Miles get a flu shot this year at all.

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yeah, the mist is live. That's one of the reasons we are offered the shot at work. For a healthy person it's no big deal, but we could get out patients sick.

I'm really annoyed that I can't find the article that I heard on the News. I swore they said something about it. Hmph!

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No help here, my DD was terrified of shots, getting blood tests you name it for.ever. We had to hold her down even when she was 10 or 12! Then I just started bribing her with money.

STILL hates needles, still hates shots.

Course she has like 5 tattoos so go figure?

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Matthew got the flu mist this year. I knew it was live and was concerned b/c of Marcella. This was her first year getting it and she had to get a shot 2 different times 30 days apart. They said it wouldn't be a problem for her...but for the past week she has been really horse sounding and stuffy. As long as she doesn't get really sick with a fever I guess it is okay...but it still annoys me. I get it being more effective and why...but depending on who you have around in your family it is not always best in my opinion.