Flu shots, Did your kid(s) get one?

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Flu shots, Did your kid(s) get one?

The last time we were at the Pediatrician they asked if I wanted Jordan to get one. I said I was going to talk to the doctor about it but then forgot and we left without her getting one. Part of me just wants to skip it this year. I was feeling okay about my decision until she started coughing the other night and I couldn't sleep because I started worrying I had made the wrong decision. I started thinking about how horrible I would feel if she got really sick and that kids actually die from the flu. I realize that's probably rare, but still.

I haven't had one either. I know my OB/GYN would want me to have one now that I'm out of the first trimester. I had to get two when I was pregnant with Jordan b/c of the H1N1 scare. One was preservative free but the other was not and I remember being concerned about that. I have done some reading on it but I never know who to believe and I figure the less I put in my body, the better.

On one had our risk of exposure is a lot lower than most. I haven't been getting out much at all b/c of my nausea, so Jordan is home a lot too. I know it would be different if she were in daycare or if I were working. Although, once I start feeling better we will be getting out more.

I know everyone has their own opinion on this but did your kids get one? Anyone want to share resources on how they made their decision?

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Yep Alison got one and so did I. I saw how sick my mom got with the flu one year that I decided I never wanted to go through that. So we always get our shots.

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Before kids I never got it, but I caught the Flu for the first time several years ago. Then again the next year. Both of those were BRUTAL! I never want to experience that level of illness again, nor have my kiddos have to feel that badly. Now I'm first in line for it. I get it the Flu shot for free through the hospital, and insurance covers the rest of my family. Plus I'm very certain my Ped would beat me up if Andrew caught the Flu and I did not get him the shot. Wink

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Yes, we all get one every year. With Deacon in daycare I don't want to risk it. And when I am pg I definitely want one.

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No, Miles did not get one. His Ped was kind of pushy about it (I think since we have a newborn), but I said I'd talk to my husband and never brought it up again. My OB was fine with me not getting one when I was pregnant.

I guess I don't have any great reasons for avoiding the shot, other than what you said about putting less in our body. I also feel that we have less of an exposure since we are at home. If we were working and needing to use daycare, we'd probably reconsider.

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Both of my kids are in daycare and I work in a school setting, so yes, we get the flu shot. Dh on the otherhand does not.

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Aiden and I are not getting flu shots this year. Last year was the first year in a long time that I got one. I got it since I was pregnant/newborn and in a new city. I don't see a reason to get it this year. Of course there are a lot of vaccines Aiden doesn't have right now. I'm sure it'll be a "fun" appointment with a new ped for his 15 month well check.

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I have to have one for school and DH always gets one free from work (he really has to with all that recirculated air). We got Daphne the mist this year because it's more effective than the shot and lasts longer (I think it's 90% effective vs. 60%). She got the shot last year and still got Influenza A in January...it was HORRIBLE. She ended up in the ER with a 106 temperature and that was WITH Tylenol. She was non-responsive and I've never been so scared in my life. She also goes to a MDO twice a week and the childcare room at the Y a few times a week, so I feel like her exposure rate is high, and with Mac too young to get one, I want to limit his exposure.

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Thanks for all the replies. I actually made an appointment for Jordan to get one tomorrow. Joy, I think your story is what gave me the final push. I know you said Daphne got the shot and still go the flu but I know that can happen since the flu shot only covers certain strains. I cannot image how scary that must have been so I'm going to get one for her to be on the safe side.

I'm trying to track down a preservative free version for myself but am having trouble this late in the game. One pharmacy told me they were recalled? I'm calling the health department tomorrow to follow up. I have skipped the shot many times but I know my OB/GYN really wants me to get one.

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Kayla, have you checked to see if your OB has them? When I was pg with Daphne, my OB gave me a preservative free one in the office. Last year I also got a preservative free one because I was doing my frozen cycle when I got it. I got mine at Walgreens.

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"joysiloo" wrote:

Kayla, have you checked to see if your OB has them? When I was pg with Daphne, my OB gave me a preservative free one in the office. Last year I also got a preservative free one because I was doing my frozen cycle when I got it. I got mine at Walgreens.

They don't have them. I wish they did and I'm surprised that they don't. I did get my preservative free H1N1 shot through them but that was just because it was such a big scare so I guess they decided to offer it. I've called two Walgreens but the second one told me about the recall. I talked to one of my OB's nurses and she said to call the health department to find out if there really was a recall or if there are any preservative free shots still available.

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I hope you found a preservative free shot. I got the H1N1 via my perinatalogist's office when I was pg with the twins, but I am not sure if that was just because pregnant women were a high risk population and H1N1 was pretty scary.

Everyone in our house, except DH has gotten their flu shots this year. We get them every year. I believe that it has protected me most years. It definitely protected me when I was pg since we are pretty sure that DH ended up with H1N1. He got the shot, but he ended up with the flu before his immune system could pick up on antibodies in the shot. Thankfully, it was pretty mild, probably because of the shot.

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We got Jordan a shot last week but I'm still trying to find a preservative free one. I think I may be too late. I am calling my Peri to find out of they have any but I'm doubting it.

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I am sorry you cannot find a shot. In all reality, we are already in peak flu season and the shot will not take effect for a few weeks after you get it. By then, we will be almost out of flu season. So, my hope is that you all stay healthy and you won't need to worry about it. :bigarmhug: