Flu shot Vs. Mist

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Flu shot Vs. Mist

What are you ladies doing? I know DS can get the mist at 2, but he will just be turning 2 when it's time to get one or the other. I hate him having a shot if he doesn't have to get one, but I also don't like the thought of the mist since he will be right at the threshold of the age range. I have only had shots and never had a problem with it. DH gets the mist since he's military. I asked if he had any differences in reactions to the mist, but he's been without the shot for so long he doesn't remember. Just curious to see your thoughts on this.

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I got it last year for my DD. She had just turned 3, and she did great w/ it. I did feel like she wouldn't have done well w/ it though if she had been younger. So I plan to do the mist w/ her again this year, but 1 more year of the shot for Lucas. I just feel like he is still too young to really understand why we would be spraying something up his nose, and wouldn't cooperate by breathing it in.

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I'm the really odd one this year. Even with Zoe being born, DS and I will not be getting the flu shot. If we were to get it, we'd be getting the shot itself. Me because I'm pregnant and DS because he's so young and it's way easier. I don't even think it's an option here for DS to get the mist though.
DH has no choice but the get the mist like your hubby. Which reminds me, I need to make him do that ASAP because he always waits till the USAF threatens him. :roll:

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You're not weird--I don't do flu shots either. If we're talking choice between shot and inhaler, though, at this age I think I'd still go with shot. Addy is very good with blowing her nose and comprehending instructions, but I still think intentionally inhaling something sounds like a lot to expect from a 2 year old, if there's another option.

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i'm really on the fence with these. DH and I have never had a flu shot, and Lucas didn't have one last year as i was home and he was never exposed to germs. Now he is in daycare and is more likely to be sick, but I think unless something like SARS or H1N1 comes around again we are going to pass....

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Actually Jackie, I don't think you are crazy. I personally don't ever get a flu shot, and don't intend on ever starting. I only get them for the kids b/c they are there for their check-ups and other shots anyways, and I really mostly get it so I don't have to listen to my doctor go on and on about why I should give it to them. Sigh, I know that's bad, but I don't really think it's hurting them either, so I just go w/ it.

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Crap. I had a doctors appointment this morning to get Teagan's flu vaccine and I totally spaced it. Mwargh. Oh well. At least there are like 30 more Jewish holidays in the next 2 months for which I have to take the day off.

I'm on the fence about the mist too. Given how Teagan reacted to the doctor at her 2 year appt (sheer terror), I'm thinking shot. She just won't listen and won't take the mist. When I got her flu shot last year it was a piece of cake and she barely noticed. Its nothing like her other vaccines that involved screaming and then days of sore limbs.

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shot all the way. Mist isn't worth the fight until they are older. I think I'll even get the shot for DS who is 3.

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Thanks, ladies. I was leaning towards the shot, now it is confirmed.

Jackie, dont forget to remind your DH. Blum 3 If it was up to me to remind DH of his, he would be in major trouble.

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"stacymh" wrote:

Thanks, ladies. I was leaning towards the shot, now it is confirmed.

Jackie, dont forget to remind your DH. Blum 3 If it was up to me to remind DH of his, he would be in major trouble.

I remember one year he managed to get out of it till March!!! Then someone from the clinic literally showed up to his office with the shot! Apparently the threatening emails to him and his commander weren't enough. :roll: