Question of the day

Do you get a flu shots?  What about your kids?

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14 Responses to Question of the day

  1. SanityFound says:

    Never ever, the word shot either means bullet or needle, I do neither.

  2. SKL says:

    Nope. The trend toward immunizing against everything really scares me. We’ll end up vulnerable to every ordinary bug that comes from a foreign country. And flu shots have thimerasol. It would take a lot more than the flu to get me to agree to that shot.

    I hear they are mandating it for preschoolers now in NJ. Man, that makes me angry. Next they’ll be mandating what I serve my kids for dinner.

  3. Candi says:

    Yes, My kids do and So do I, These days the flu, is more than a flu, people are drying from it. So my 4 year old just got his yesterday, and my girls go tomorrow, along with my 9 year old getting that new HVP for cervical cancer.

  4. thegoddessanna says:

    The one and only time I’ve had a flu shot, I was in boot camp, and my medical record was missing the crucial allergy to eggs notation. My entire arm swelled up, and I was miserable. I then caught the flu, a different strain than the shot.

    My husband has to get one, it’s a military thing. My kids, however, will not get flu shots (and they never did, not even the twins after they were born). I don’t believe in preventing every illness.

  5. Just a Mom says:

    We do not do the flu shot here.
    I totaly agree with SKL! I think some of the immunizations are not needed and are given at too early of an age.

  6. Joy says:

    I don’t get the shot. I did once and that’s the year I got sick. My husband gets it though and I think he should. He has health issues. I also feel you need to boost your immunity as much as you can and if you never get sick, how can it fight anything? When I worked in the school and was around 2000 kids everyday, I was never healthier in my life. I find the more shut in you are, the more you’re liable to get sick.

    If my kids were young now, I don’t think I’d give them this shot. It was different back in my day where vaccines are concerned. We only did the DPT and polio. I had no problem with those but I feel it’s getting way out of hand what we inject our kids with. Once you start pumping all these chemicals into them, they have no immunity for anything and we have to research and find out what’s in all these things before we just jump because someone tells us to give our kids this shot or that shot.

    For example, the chicken pox! I’m sorry but that’s just wrong. It’s a simple little disease that runs it’s course in a matter of one week and once you have it, you “usually” don’t get it again and as a child, it’s not that big of a deal but to get it as an adult can cause all kinds of problems.

    You also have to keep getting boosters for all these vaccines throughout your life and I don’t know anyone who’s kept up with all of these. Do you? So in other words, if you give your kids the chicken pox vaccine to prevent them from getting it now, if they don’t keep getting boosters, they will be more than likely to get it as an adult to which it’s way more serious than getting it as a child.

  7. mssc54 says:

    I just got one today. Not our new kids.

  8. nikki says:

    When Bailey was born there was an outbreak of Chicken Pox that was turning into Meningitis, which can be deadly and was for some. It is now a requirement for school. I’m not sure if these diseases are getting stronger or what but they can turn into something you did not expect. But as for the flu shot, I do not b/c the one year I did, I got more sick than I have ever been. For Bailey it works, it keeps him from getting sick and keeps him in school, which is very important. You’d be surprised how behind they get with just missing 3-4 days.

  9. Amber says:

    Medically, flu shots are a really funny thing. The idea is to introduce the flu into your system so that your own body learns to produce anti-bodies to fight it. Its not that wonderfully effective, and one takes the chance of getting the flu or the lowering of your immune system from it.

    Traditionally its only supposed to be given to the Elderly to help boost their ability to fight the infection. Most healthy adults shouldn’t need to do so. I think with the constant news however, people are being scared into doing this.

    Better than a flu shot any day is washing your hands often. Make sure you use anti-bacterial soap. Try not to wipe your hands on your clothes.

    Remember.. the pneuma-coccal virus is actually pretty dangerous to kids (yes common flu). It does all kinds of things to their psychology and everything. It can make people with mental illness worse. So adding a flu shot to your routine… its a toss up to say the least.

  10. Sue says:

    According to the CDC, you are not suppose to/can’t get the flu from the flu shot. If you do end up with the flu, it is suppose to help minimize the symptoms. Now, what if you get a flu strain that’s not included in the flu shot? I don’t know, hope that you have some anti-bodies to fight off the strain you have!

    I got the flu shot for the first couple of years at work b/c I work at a hospital and they want everyone to get one. Last year, I managed to skip the roaming cart and never got one. It’s the least sick (with colds) I’ve been in a long time. I did notice too when I did get the shot I had more colds, they hung on longer, and a more stuffy/runny nose. So, based on my OWN experiences, I will not get one. The kids it’s not such a bad idea since they are in school and exposed to everybody, but I don’t make special trips to the doc for them to get a shot.

  11. kweenmama says:

    I’ve never had the flu shot and neither have my kids. So far we’ve done just fine without it.

  12. mssc54 says:

    Amber… “Traditionally its only supposed to be given to the Elderly ”

    Go ahead…. go right ahead and say it! So, I’m an old geezer and I need a flu shot. So what. 🙂

  13. Elena says:

    I think the best way to prevent or lessen the impact of the flu is to keep your immune system strong with healthy food, adequate sleep, etc., not to inject poison into the bloodstream.

  14. Jennifer says:

    My kids get it each year because my dad is receiving chemo and has an autoimmune disease to boot (like one at a time isn’t enough!).

    My husband and I get it some years and other years we don’t. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I try to because of my dad, and as Joy mentioned I find myself more vulnerable now that I am not teaching every day with 300 little elementary kids. I had a much better immune system them than now.

    One thing that our pediatrician asked us this year at my daughter’s 4 -year appointment where she received her flu shot was whether she had exposure to anyone receiving chemo or with a compromised immune system. I had never had a dr ask me that before receiving the shot. When I told him about my father he said that she would have to receive the shot and not the mist version of the vaccine. Apparently the mist version still contains live virus in it and it is possible (I won’t say likely-but possible) to pass the flu virus on to individuals with a compromised immune system for a time period following the mist. I hadn’t realized that and I wondered how many people who care for elderly parents etc receive the mist each year at public health clinics and are never asked that question.

    I’m not a super-paranoid person…but like I said, it was the first time I’d been asked and I did appreciate the question.

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