Should my child get the swine flu (H1N1) shot?

randolph_adrienne_dsc8925by Adrienne Randolph, MD, MSc, Division of Critical Care Medicine

Tilmo, my taxi driver, was there as promised to take me to the Atlanta airport when I left the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He had dropped me off that morning so I could meet with six different influenza researchers and give a talk on life-threatening influenza in children.

“A letter has been sent home from my child’s school,” he said as we drove away. “I must decide whether or not he will get the swine flu shot. Doctor, what would you advise?”

I am an attending physician in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Children’s Hospital Boston. In June and July of this year, we had an upsurge of admissions of children with influenza pneumonia who had profound hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) that wasn’t responding to treatment. I immediately said, “Get him vaccinated as soon as it is available. My three children will get the vaccine.”

He asked, “Are there any risks?”

The answer is not completely clear. Testing hasn’t yet been performed in an enormous number of children, and longer-term risks can’t be assessed. “There is a very small risk of developing neurologic side effects from the vaccine, but this virus causes a very severe pneumonia that can kill otherwise healthy children,” I told him. “The risks of not getting vaccinated are higher than the risks of getting vaccinated.”

I had weighed these risks carefully. In 1976-77, with the last swine flu vaccine, as many as 1 in 85,000 people vaccinated came down with Guillain-Barré syndrome — a neurologic condition that paralyzes the muscles, causing respiratory failure. In contrast, there were very few confirmed deaths from swine flu that year.

But it is clear that the 2009 swine flu is more severe. According to the CDC Web site, from August 30 to September 12 alone there were 4,569 hospitalizations and 364 deaths among U.S. adults and children from any type of influenza – and the only flu strain going around at the moment is the novel H1N1 influenza A swine-origin strain. Of the 114 children who died from influenza in the last year, from September 28, 2008 to September 12, 2009, 46 had influenza A H1N1 — the strain that started to infect people in April.

Because I was funded by the CDC in January to investigate why some children get sicker with influenza infection, I knew of severe flu cases in my study network, consisting of 30 pediatric ICUs. We’ve seen cases of encephalitis, an infection in the brain, and cases of influenza myocarditis, an infection of the cardiac muscle causing the heart to have severely depressed function.

We were almost back at the airport. Tilmo had one more question. “Is the vaccine made from swine? I have a problem because swine are considered unclean in my country.” Tilmo is from Ethiopia and is a Muslim. It took me a moment to reply: “The novel H1N1 strain of flu is called swine flu because part of the virus is of the same type that infects swine. It is not actually made of swine.”

I then realized that it is important for Muslim leaders to be educated about this. Despite the attempts of public health experts in many nations, the nickname “swine flu” just won’t go away, and it would be very worrisome if Muslims did not get vaccinated.

Four days after leaving the CDC, I learned that my research network was funded by the NIH to perform surveillance for life-threatening and fatal cases of swine flu in U.S. children. We are also in the final contest for CDC funding to study the effectiveness of the H1N1 vaccine in preventing life-threatening illness. Our government has quickly released millions of dollars to combat H1N1, and I hope that those who are able to get their children vaccinated will take advantage of the opportunity.

Author’s note: Since this original post, we’ve learned that some versions of the 2009 pandemic influenza vaccine do contain gelatin as a stabilizer, which may be derived from either cows or pigs. Flumist intranasal vaccine manufactured by MedImmune lists hydrolyzed porcine gelatin as an ingredient.

What are your concerns about the H1N1 vaccine? Will you get your child vaccinated for H1N1 or the seasonal flu this year?

For more information on Flu (seasonal and H1N1) from Children’s Hospital Boston, visit http://www.childrenshospital.org/patientsfamilies/Site1393/mainpageS1393P385.html

  • Almut Lehmann

    Hi,
    if my daughter( 13 years) has had the seasonal flu or the H1N1 already this summer/ fall, and we don’t know really which strain, should we still get her vaccinated for both ?
    Can you catch the same flu strain twice in the same season?
    thanks
    Almut

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Good morning Almut,
      Here’s the information we found on the Web site for the Centers for Disease Control:

      Will the 2009 H1N1 vaccine be recommended for patients who had influenza-like illness since spring 2009?

      All persons in a recommended vaccination target group who did not have 2009 H1N1 virus infection confirmed by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR ) should be vaccinated with the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. However, most people ill with an influenza-like illness (ILI) since this spring have not had testing with the RT-PCR test, which is the only test that can confirm infection specifically with the 2009 H1N1 virus. Tests such as rapid antigen detection assays, and diagnoses based on symptoms alone without RT-PCR testing, cannot specifically determine if a person has 2009 H1N1 influenza. Persons who were not tested, but who became ill after being exposed to a person with lab confirmed 2009 H1N1 influenza should not assume that they also had 2009 H1N1 since many pathogens can cause an ILI, and should get the vaccine if they are in a recommended vaccination target group.

      Persons who think they had 2009 H1N1 infection diagnosed by RT-PCR should ask their doctor if they should be vaccinated. Someone who was infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus and who is not severely immune compromised will likely have some immunity to subsequent infection with 2009 H1N1 virus. However, vaccination of a person with some existing immunity to the 2009 H1N1 virus will not be harmful and persons who are uncertain about how they were diagnosed should get the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. Additionally, persons recommended for seasonal vaccine should get a seasonal vaccine because infection with the 2009 H1N1 virus does not provide protection against seasonal influenza viruses.

      Let us know if you have any other questions.
      Thanks!
      Matt

  • sue

    Hi thanks for all your information. Could you tell me why the Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused Guillain-Barré syndrome? If this vaccine is very similar to the seasonal vaccine which is considered safe, what went wrong with the 1976 vaccine and what are they doing to prevent this again.

    I really want to give my children the shot but I am afraid.

    Thanks
    Sue

  • Kim

    I am concerned about the use of Squalene in the H1N1 vaccine this year and have heard it is more dangerous (especially for our chidlren) than getting the flu. What do you know about this and are there any Swine flu vaccines that will not containe squalene?
    I’ve also heard that getting the seasonal flu shot will make you more succeptable to the swine flu because it trains your immune system to be lazy.
    Do we really know if it’s safe to give young children 3 flu shots in 1 year (a seasonal and 2 swine flu shots)?
    I’m very worried about this and usually am the first in line for a flu shot but we always still get the flu and I’m starting to doubt their safety and effectiveness. Help!
    Thanks,
    Kim

  • http://www.childrenshospital.org Melissa Jeltsen

    Hi Sue and Kim,
    I’ve posed your questions to a Children’s doctor and should get some answers later today. Thanks for asking and be sure to check back later!

  • Jake

    H1N1 Vaccines and Your Children: The details are in the fine print! http://wp.me/pC1DX-34

    WARNING: Safety and effectiveness of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers or children <6 months of age. References from the CDC included in the above link. Seeing is believing so take a look not only for yourself, but for your family as well.

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  • chris

    Hi I’m 16 and I am not sure whether to get the vaccine. My main concern is that I have heard many people who get seasonal flu shots but soon after get the flu. I was wondering since this vaccine is similar to seasonal flu if even if I get it will I still get the disease. Also if I still get it will it still be as deadly as the normal virus or will it just be harmless other than the flu like symptoms.

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Hi Chris,
      We’ll check with a doctor on Monday and get back to you. In the meantime, there’s a bit of information in this post that might help you, especially your question about getting the flu after getting the flu vaccine (look about half-way down in the first bulleted section).
      Thanks for your question!
      Matt

    • Nitya Rao

      Hi Chris,
      Here is some information we thought you might find useful. The injectable vaccine or flu shot is made from a killed influenza virus that has been broken down into tiny pieces. It is impossible for it to recombine in the body to produce flu. It merely stimulates the immune system to evoke a protective response in the human body. So there is no scientific evidence to show that getting a flu shot causes a person to catch the flu. Taking a flu shot is however not recommended for a person showing an existing sign of illness, like a fever or a cold. This is so that these symptoms are not wrongly diagnosed as side effects of having taken the flu shot.
      However, getting the shot does not guarantee that you won’t get the flu. The success rate of the vaccine is pegged between 70 and 90 percent, so there is a small chance you might still catch the flu. The CDC does recommend that someone your age get the flu shot. More information can be found at the Children’s Hospital Boston’s Flu Information Center.

  • Ben

    Don’t get the vaccine. Do your research!!
    It is very sad they are not telling you the truth. Neuro toxins in the vaccine. Toxic and can cause autism. Do your research!!
    Dont be sheep and listen to your doctor blindly

  • berta

    We have a healthy 2 years 9 months little girl. Does she need to get the h1n1 vaccine? What are the risks?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Berta & Lee,

      The CDC does recommend that people that 6 months – 24 years of age get the H1N1 shot. Here is a link to their page where it covers risks and side effects. Children’s Hospital Boston also has a Flu Information Center that might answer any other questions you may have.

  • Lee

    Hello,

    My daughter is 2 1/2 years old. She has received the regular flu shot. However, I am concerned that limited testing has been done on children with the new H1N1 vaccine. My daughter seems to be the child who has the 1 in 100 side effects from mediciation. We have been in and out of hospitals for various side effects that we are blessed she is healthy. My concern is last year she was in a public environment where a child tested postive for H1N1 and she has to get tested. It was negative. Her doctor understands our concerns and is not pushing us to get the vaccine. Please advise me to what possible side effects as well as neurological concerns we should be aware of. Thank you.

  • Jeff

    Is it true that once you get a flu shot, you always need to get a flu shot? I’ve heard that if you skip a year after getting a flu shot in the past that you’re more likely to get the flu. Additionally, I’ve heard that if you’ve never had the flu shot, you’re better off not getting one because of this supposed susceptibility to getting sicker. To me, this seems absolutely ridiculous, since a previous vaccination should have little to do with how sick you get the next year, but it would be good to hear this from a doctor.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Jeff,
      There is some good information on WebMD about common flu myths. They address your questions of how often you should get the flu shot and why. Flu.gov also has their own list of flu myths you might find interesting.

  • chris

    Hi it’s me again with one more question. Do you happen to know the chance of a teenager who catches the swine flu has of dying? Or will the mutation of the virus during spring screw up most calculations?

  • Jake

    Thimerosal in Swine Flu Vaccines is Safe? Who are we kidding?? http://wp.me/pC1DX-4j

    There will be MOST DEFINITELY be thimerosal in many if not most H1N1 vaccines. Directly from the CDC: “The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines that FDA is licensing (approving) will be manufactured in several formulations. Some will come in multi-dose vials and will contain thimerosal as a preservative. Multi-dose vials of seasonal influenza vaccine also contain thimerosal to prevent potential contamination after the vial is opened. Some 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines will be available in single-dose units, which will not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and will not contain thimerosal.” http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/vaccine_safety_qa.htm

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Hi Jake,
      We mentioned in one of our other posts that some doses of the H1N1 vaccine would contain thimerosal, but thanks for the reminder. And thanks for your comment.
      Matt

  • Esther Shoemaker

    I am a nurse and a mother of healthy 5 and 9 year old boys. The conflicting information that has been coming out has even me afraid of giving my children the N1H1 vaccinations. If I do decide to have them immunized which one has the least side effects and dangers the spray or injection. What I am able to pull up on the internet and the cdc guidlines is not encouraging and right now I am leaning toward not immunizing. Do I risk the side affects or take my chances with the H1N1. It seems like a no win situation and my childrens health and well being are what is at risk. If it were your children what would you do and why?

  • julie

    Hi I am right there with Esther. I have a 13 mo who has an appt to be vaccinated on Tues 10/20. I am concerned with the same issues please advise.

    But in addition, my child received MMR, RotoVirus, and the second half of the regulare flu shot on 10/14. I am concerned on the lack of research with combining h1n1 vaccine so soon after. I called the CDC and they reassured me, however I just don’t know.

    Please ask and let me know by 10/20 so that I have some sort of info to decide and give up my time slot to someone else if it is best to not vaccinate so soon after. Thanks.

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Julie and Esther,
      You ask really valid questions. There’s a lot of information (and misinformation) out there this fall, which does make it hard to make decisions. I’ll run your questions by one of our physicians and try to post a reply here for you early next week.
      Thanks for your questions.
      Matt

  • Tina

    I have a 2 years who have asthma and a 5 years who just started school. Should I take them to get the h1n1 flu spray? I am very worried, because the flu season has come. They both got the sesaonal flu shot and have no reaction. Is it safe for both my kids to take the h1n1?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Tina,
      The CDC has some great information on the safety of your children and the H1N1 vaccine. The CDC also says that children with asthma should not get the H1N1 nasal spray, but the H1N1 shot instead. Children’s Hospital Boston also has a Flu Information Center that may be able to answer other flu related questions you have.

  • http://connectivetissue.wordpress.com/ Jake

    It is important to look at the money in this debate as the finance piece directly affects scientific objectivity. And the general public is losing trust in many of our institutions and waking up to the inherent conflict of interest that they fear works against them most of the time.

    Flu vaccines and BigPharma are VERY BIG business. Money has become a problem for academic science too, not just in the private research sector such as pharmaceuticals. The problem is systemic. Publish or perish! The constant quest for research dollars in almost all types of academic research science means that researchers must guard their “scientific-turf” lest the funding budget be cut. This destroys true objectivity in a very big way.

    Many arguments against vaccination are reasonable and cogent. However, clear expert and non-expert voices opposing vaccination are sorely missing in our media discussion. It’s not because they’re not out there. It’s because major news outlets won’t risk losing advertising dollars from BigPharma. Thimerosal, contaminant viruses and other toxic components of flu vaccines are safe? Who are we kidding? http://wp.me/pC1DX-4j

  • Christy

    I have a 7 and 11 year old with influenza symptoms. H1N1 has been confirmed in our school district and is apparently widespread with many students missing days. Drs. are not testing for it and say to treat it like it is the flu and call back if symptoms get worse. I don’t want to give them the vaccine if they don’t need it, but I also don’t want them to now catch the flu while their immunity is low do to this illness. What to do????

  • *Adriana*

    I thought my life changed when my daughter was born but it actually changed when i almost lost her because she was diagnosed with the swine flu when she was only 5 months. Shes going on 11 months now and is a healthy baby. When she did have the swine flu her lungs collapsed she was on a breathing maching. i felt like my whole life was over. I was in the hospital for 1 month with her. She’s a miracle baby shes my little monster that i love to death. She made it through and im glad she did. im still very concered about the vaccine im still doing my studys on it to see if i give it to her or not . . . . .i cant afford to see her suffer again it killed my heart i dont know how i got through that whole month in the hospital. My baby girl mommy loves you so much thank you god for not taking her shes a blessing!

  • http://Google Nanci Brady

    Can some one please answer this question for me? I have 6 year old twin grandson’s who have had the swine flu this pas summer. Should they still get the H1N1 vaccine? I thought that if you had the Swine Flu that you would not get it again plus you are also immuned to certain other flus also that might be going around . Is this true?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Nanci,

      Flu.gov has some great information on why your grandsons should still get the H1N1 vaccine even though they already had the flu over the summer. Children’s Hospital Boston has a Flu Information Center that may be able to answer any other flu related questions you have.

  • http://Thrive Barb Hale

    I have a 6 year old that attends school and they are giving H1N1 vaccines at school for the swine flu.My child has a very weak immune system due to health problems with his colon.I would like to know If I should have him vaccinated with this shot because there has been at least 2 cases of the Swine Flu reported in our area?

  • Denise Kline

    I have a 9 year old (7 wks will be ten) with asthma, eczema, severe peanut allergy and other environmental and contact allergies. Today I made one of the most difficult choices of my life: I had her and I vaccinated against H1N1. I had to weigh the risks and benefits for her and it came down to lots of internet research, lots of tears, the shot, the what if factor and praying. I still dont know if I made the right choice, of course, only 12 hours later. My question is she is nearly 10. I realized the cut off for kids having a second shot is 10, she is so close. I’m on the fence. Should I have that second shot for her especially considering some of her asthma medications that work to reduce an over active immune response may be working against a vaccine that should be stimulating an immune reaction?? Also, is it more important considering her other conditions?? Does she have a supressed immune system because she has eczema and these other conditions?? Finally, is she close enough to 10 that the odds have risen from 1/3 to 3/4 immunity as found in the study??

    • http://www.childrenshospitalblog.org Matt Cyr

      Hi Denise,

      These are great questions, but there’s enough complexity here that we don’t feel comfortable having one of our physicians answer them without seeing your daughter. Does she have an allergist or pediatrician you could ask? If not, do you live near Boston? You could arrange a time to talk or meet with an allergist who might then be able to make specific recommendations based on your daughter’s particular case.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Matt

  • Mary

    My childen and I do not usually get the flu shot, however, I have an 11-year old with celiac. Does her celiac, since it is an autoimmune disease, make her more likely to catch swine flu? Does it also put her at higher risk of complications if she does catch it? I have read differing opinions about this. I am not a big fan of the flu shot and will only get her the H1N1 vaccination if she is considered high-risk. Thanks.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Mary,
      It is probably best for you to discuss your specific situation with your child’s GI doctor. We hope you find the answers you’re looking for.

      • lisa appleton

        hi i got a 6 year old son with epilepsy will he be getting the swine flu jab?
        and i have asthma will i have it too?

        • Kristin Cantu

          Hi Lisa,

          Flu.gov has information on the H1N1 vaccine for people with asthma. You should speak with your son’s pediatrician about his epilepsy and the H1N1 vaccine for the best information.

  • Christine

    Hi,
    I have a seven year old son who has allergy induced asthma. Should he get the Swine Flu shot? He normally gets the regular flu shot.

  • Alison

    Is there any way to find out the ingredients in the swine flu shot ? I know chronic asthma will qualify you for the swine flu shot, but wanted to check the ingredient to check against allergens (most severely sulfides/sulfer/sulfa) is there a way to find this out before getting the shot ?

  • angelia

    hi just trying to find out about the info that says if anybody in your house hold has a weakend immune system that you (not the person with the weakend immune system) should not get the flu vaccine. also wondering does that mean only the vaccine or also the mist i take care of my mother who has alot of illnesses. thanks

  • Shelly

    I have twin boys they got the h1n1 vaccine on Oct 19th and they will be 10 on November 22, 2009. So its about 5 weeks until they are 10. Do they need second shot for full protection or are they close enough to 10 years old. Also one son stopped steroids on Oct 18th does that mean he will still have low immune system response. Thanks

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Shelly,

      Flu.gov has information on how many shots your children will need this flu season. You should speak with your child’s pediatrician about the end of his steroids with respect to his immune system and the H1N1 vaccine for the most accurate information.

  • Esther Shoemaker

    I posted a question on 10/16/09 AT 3:50PM. Since that time H1N1 has been diagnosed in my county. The schools and the Health Dept. are all pushing for the vaccinations to be given. Have you located any information from your physicians that could help me in any way to make this decision. Again this is my childrens health and well being at risk and I am asking for guidance and information not a gaurantee. There is so much conflicting information even myself as a health professional has doubts. Any guidance would be appeciated.
    Thank you
    Esther Shoemaker RN,DON

  • Tiffanni, Katie and Samantha

    Hello, all three of us our best friends and we are 17 years old.
    We have the option to get the swine flu shot at school, but we don’t know what to do! what do you suggest?

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Hi Tiffani, Katie and Samantha,

      The CDC has a lot of good information on their Web site, but ultimately these are decisions best made between you, your parents and your individual pediatricians.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Matt

  • Dan

    Hi, I have H1N1 right now, and a 14 month old daughter who does not show any signs of infection, although obviously she’s been exposed. If we can get her vaccinated tomorrow, is that recommended given her exposure? I.e., assuming for the sake of argument that she is already infected but just not symptomatic yet, does taking the virus create any additional health problems, or for that matter, does it still help fight the infection assuming she’s already harboring it?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Dan,
      It might be best to call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hotline (1-800-CDC-INFO) to get an answer for you question. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Patty

    Dr Jake
    I have 3 children, ages 7,9 and 17. The 7 and 17 year old have severe asthma.
    My 7 year old had flu vaccine which he does every year and now has severe cough and is taking aubutorol.
    My question, do the benifits outweight the risks, My dr thinks they should all 3 get it as it is going to be in very limited supply.
    My son has to go back monday and he wnats the 7 year old to get it even with severe cough.
    what do you think?
    Thnak you

  • jessica

    I am a mother of a 4 year old girl and I have already gotten her the shot for the regular flu and now I am not sure if I should get her the “swine flu” shot. It is all really confusing for me because I have some other parnets tell me that I should get her the shot and then there is other’s that are telling me all the bad things about the shot. I mean I want my daughter to stay healthy and not get sick but then I don’t want to get her the swine flu shot and then later regret it. What do you think I should do?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Jessica,

      Flu.gov provides information on the H1N1 vaccine and says that children between the ages of 6 months through 24-years-old are a priority group recommended to get the vaccine.

  • april

    i have a one year old son but am terrified for him to get it because it hasnt been expermented enough and i heard if you get the vaccine you end up getting anyway.. i am scared about swine flu.. what should i do..

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi April,

      The CDC provides a lot of great information about the H1N1 vaccine. This should help you in making an informed decision about whether or not to get your son the vaccine.

  • Albert Nicholas

    Two of my sons and I had “the flu” a few weeks ago, so I have been left wondering whether we should get vaccinated for the H1N1 flu.

    I realize that overall health benefit likely outweighs the health risks when considering the current H1N1 vaccine. However, if I can show that there is some high probability that we have already had the H1N1 flu, then I think there would be enough of a shift that the risks would outweigh the benefits as the vaccine would be useless if we have already had the H1N1 flu. The only real problem would be a false positive result on the test, falsely leading us to believe that we have already had the swine flu, but I would factor in the rate of false positives into my final decision. I would be willing to spend some cash to avoid taking the vaccine if it is no longer indicated.

    My question is “Is the H1N1 test available for the public to purchase?” I realize that the insurance may not cover the test, so I would be willing to pay out-of-pocket. How much does it cost? Can I have my primary care doctor order this lab test? Can this test be performed even after my flu symptoms have gone? What is the rate of false positives/false negatives for this test?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Albert,

      The CDC and Flu.gov offer information on rapid influenza diagnostic tests. Flu.gov also has a self-evaluation online that you may find helpful.

  • Rachael

    My question is I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old I think I may get my 5 year old the vaccination but I had heard that if u get the vaccintion n then later develope the swine flu it is worse!! Is that true ? N do u think I should vaccinate my 1 year old

  • Amber

    I have twins that are 20 months old. One of them has had pneumonia twice in the last 4 months. I am very concerned about the H1N1 vaccine. Do I get them the vaccine and run the risk of them getting the flu and then turning into pneumonia?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Amber,

      The CDC does recommend that people your children’s age get the H1N1 vaccine. You may want to discuss your children’s specific situation with their pediatrician in order to make the most informed decision.

  • Beth

    To be honest, I am at a complete los of what to do about the H1N1 vaccine. I do not plan on getting it myself however my son has severe asthma. A simple cold generally ends up in his chest and results in a trip to the ER.For that reason I think it is a good idea to get him vaccinated, however, the neurological side affects scare me! Do the pros out weigh the cons? Should I get him vacinated?

  • Kim

    I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old. Neither of them have ever had any vaccinations or shots. Does this increase the risk of them having any side effects from the vaccine?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Kim,

      Your children’s pediatrician would be the best person to discuss this with.

  • Abi

    I am still struggling to determine if my son (almost 7) should get the vaccination. He has never had a flu shot before, and also has never had the flu. I cannot get any flu shots due to the fact that they’re grown on chicken eggs, and I have a digestive/medical issue with eggs that keeps me from getting them. Still, I haven’t had the flu in about a decade.

    I’ve heard that by Saturday we’ll have reached the peak of the flu season, and some people are saying that it’s probably too late to get the vaccine to do any good.

    The problem we parents are having is that we’re getting A LOT of mixed messages. Get it, don’t get it. It’s dangerous to get it. It’s safer to get it than not. It has been tested enough. It hasn’t. I think that’s a big thing – testing. Sometimes we beg pharma companies and the FDA to move their butts on things, and they don’t. (Hence the reason FDA is “affectionately” known as the Foot Dragging Association.) But then they can whip out a drug in a few months and voila – they expect us to line up and just get shots without wondering how well it all has been analyzed. Talk about your mixed messages.

    Speaking for parents, I think we’d all like to know exactly what we can DO if our children (or we) fall victim to the flu. Or should I say, what MORE can we do? Rest, Fluids, Tylenol, vitamins (I like to buy 100% fruit juice popsicles). What should we watch out for? What are some signs that would take us from bed rest to emergency room?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Abi,

      We agree that it can be extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the seasonal and H1N1 flu. Flu.gov has information on priority groups that should get the H1N1 vaccine, that includes your (almost) 7-year-old son. The CDC has a lot of great information on what to watch out for (symptoms), how to know when to go to the emergency room, and what you can do once you or someone in your family gets sick.

  • Karla

    My son is eight and has Celiac Disease. Does this mean he is in the high-risk group because he has an auto-immune disease?
    Also, he currently has flu symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, aches) but it’s too late for the antiviral. How long do he wait before returning to normal activities and school?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Karla,

      Your child’s pediatrician would be the best person to discuss your son’s case with so that you are able to make an informed decision.

  • erin

    hi ,
    my name is erin,
    and i am just wondering if I should get the vaccine shot or not.
    i just cant decide really, there positives and nagitives about it.
    Should I get it,
    I’m 10 turning eleven in a month or so (December 18th)
    Please respnd and let me know,
    thankyou.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Erin,

      This is a decision that you should make with your parents or guardians. Visit Flu.gov’s website with them and they have information from the CDC about how people your age are a priority group that should get the vaccine.

    • rachels23

      hi, both my children are meant to be having the swine flu vac tomorrow my daughters are 3 1/2 years and my youngest is 2 years, please can someone help me asap should i or not im so scared

  • vanessa montoya

    doctor i do not know if my son 7 month old can get the shot and if he [h1n1] shot thank you so much .

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Vanessa,

      Flu.gov has information from the CDC saying that your 7-month old son is part of a priority group that should get the H1N1 vaccine.

  • http://ryanrichardson@live.ca ryan

    my 15 month old daughter had the h1n1 flu shot today and now she has a slight fever should i give her motrin

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Ryan,

      The CDC says that having a fever after getting the H1N1 vaccine is a normal, mild side effect. Your daughter’s pediatrician would be the best person to tell you whether or not you should give her Motrin.

  • Sulay

    I have a 7 year old and I would much rather have her get the shot v. the nasal spray. Is that possible? If so, how do I approach that in my daughters school in order to make sure she gets the shot? Her school consent form indicates that depending on my answer to the questions on the form is how they determine which vaccination (shot/nasal spray) she should recieve. Please advise and educate me…

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Sulay,

      It sounds like you need to contact your daughter’s school directly. Tell them your preferences and make sure to speak with someone who is directly involved with the vaccinations.

  • joliza

    Hi my name is joliza. I have read your advice but at school my whole class thinks that the government is just testing it on us so I am really wodering… should i get it or not?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Joliza,

      Getting the vaccine is a decision that you should make together with your parents or guardians. The CDC has a list of priority groups that they strongly recommend get the H1N1 vaccine.

  • J

    I have done alot of research of the vaccine and when it is broken down there are things that can cause females infertility, uterus and vaginal complications later in life. How can we be assured we aren’t going to be causing life long consequences by giving our children this vaccine? And why are Canada and the US’s vaccines different, which is safer?

  • Asia

    hello. i have a daughter who will be 2 this month and i dont really know what to do because she is my first child. i have herd a lot of negitive things about the swine flu shot and the flu shot. i am trying to determine weather or not to get her vaccinated i was just wondering if there was anyone who might be able to give me some insight on this problem. i am 20 years old and this is my first child. i want to do what is right but im not sure what is?
    please help me…. :(
    Asia

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Asia,

      The CDC has a great Q&A all about the H1N1 vaccine. They also say that someone your daughter’s age is in a priority group that should get the H1N1 vaccine.

  • mike

    my 4 year old was vacinated today and the doctor called us back and said that he got .5 ml instead of .25 ml and then 3 weeks later he was supposed to go back … what should we do

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Mike,

      This is a decision that should be made with your child’s pediatrician. Give him a call and discuss your options.

  • Concerned Mom

    Hello – I am a mother of three daughters (9, 12, 14) and believe in vaccines. Two of my daughters were sick at over night camp in western MA this summer. They were never tested for the swine flu and the camp said that they had a “virus” – the girls had fevers and coughing. I did not see them since they were away at camp.

    My question is – should I still get the girls vaccinated even though they might have already had swine flu. Is there a risk?

    Thank you.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Concerned Mom,

      Since you are not sure if your daughters actually had H1N1, the CDC recommends that they still get the vaccine, if your doctor recommends it.

  • CINDY

    BOTH MY KIDS HAD THE SWINE FLU AND HAD IT AND IT WAS JUST LIKE THE REG, FLU I KNOW ONE THING I WAS TOLD MY MY KIDS DOCTOR THAT THEY DO NOT NEED A SHOT THEY HAVE DONE HAD IT AND IT IS LIKE CHICKEN POPS YOU CAN ONLY GET IT ONE TIME SO I’M SO GLAD MY KIDS GOT IT ALSO TOOK MY MOM SHE IS 69 AND HER DOCTOR TOLD HER TODAY SHE CAN NOT GET THE SWINE FLU EITHER, I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW BOTH MY KIDS HAVE ASTHMA AND THEY BOTH HAD THE SWINE FLU AND NOW OVER IT BUT I DO WISH YOU ALL WELL BECAUSE THERE RUSHING THIS DRUG TO FAST AND SOME BIG LAW SUIT IS GOING TO IT BIG TIME.. LIKE MY MOM ALWAYS TOLD ME TO SIT BACK AND WATCH, MANY BLESSING TO YOU ALL

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Hi Cindy,
      I’m glad your kids have recovered OK. And while you’re right that getting H1N1 should mean they won’t get it again, here’s what the CDC says about the possibility of re-infection and false positive test results:

      Can I get 2009 H1N1 more than once? Nov 5
      Getting infected with any influenza virus, including 2009 H1N1, should cause your body to develop immune resistance to that virus so it’s not likely that a person would be infected with the identical influenza virus more than once. (However, people with weakened immune systems might not develop full immunity after infection and might be more likely to get infected with the same influenza virus more than once.) However, it’s also possible that a person could have a positive test result for flu infection more than once in an influenza season. This can occur for two reasons:

      1. A person may be infected with different influenza viruses (for example, the first time with 2009 H1N1 and the second time with a regular seasonal flu virus. Most rapid tests cannot distinguish which influenza virus is responsible for the illness. And,
      2. Influenza tests can occasionally give false positive and false negative results so it’s possible that one of the test results were incorrect. This is more likely to happen when the diagnosis is made with the rapid flu tests. More information about flu diagnosis is available at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/diagnosis/.

  • Jennifer

    My baby will be 6 months old Nov. 25. We are both around many children every day. We will also be flying 3 times starting a week after he is 6 months old. I am EXTREMELY nervous about both the h1n1 flu AND the vaccine. He has not received any vacines yet at all.

    My question: will he need 2 doses? Will it even help if he only has one dose under his belt when we fly?

  • Lala

    No offense, Kristin, but your responses sound like a robot. If all you’re going to do is forward of to the CDC (which doesn’t answer half the questions listed on this post), or refer us to the pediatrician, what’s the point?

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Lala,
      Kristin is a blog writer, not a doctor or a public health professional. It’s her job to point people in the direction of those who are qualified to answer specific medical questions, not to answer those questions herself.
      Thanks,
      Matt

  • Sudha

    Yes, I agree with Matt. I think most people reading this blog appreciate the work you folks are doing. I’m amazed that you’ll take the time to answer each of these comments personally. I also appreciate that you are not giving unqualified medical advice here and are honest enough to admit this.

  • Mary

    I have the same feeling. i kept going back and forth on getting the vaccine. I have twin 8 month old boys and a 4 year old girl. I did a lot of research the other night and decided absolutely not. I hope I am making the right choice but it has never been tested on humans and it was rushed so quickly who knows what they put in the vaccine and what the new side effects will be. They did test on rats and they all started dragging there legs from being paralyzed. The best resource I found was naturalnews.com It was awesome…. I am now giving them Vitamin C, and Vitamin D3. Hope this helps,… Good Luck

  • http://facebook.com DINA

    does my child need to get the h1n1 shot cause the other day on 60 min it said” your child does not need to get it but i was just check in with you people so you guys can tell me what to do cause it is comming up at my childs school nov 23 at 4;00-6;00

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Dina,

      The CDC is still recommending that people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old get the H1N1 vaccine. They are considered a priority group.

  • Chantalle Quenneville

    My daughter had i high fever for one and a half weeks (102 with tylenal)
    was tired but not acky. She is now with a bad caugh. No in the house be her got sick Should she and the sest of us get vaccinated?

  • Cara

    I brought my 28-month-old boy to get his first dose of H1N1 (nasal spray) vaccination on Oct 28, 2009. After getting the vaccination about a week, he has been having diarrhea for more than a week now. He never had problem with drinking milk before, but now he seems to be allergic to the same kind of milk that he used to drink.

    I didn’t take him to see the doctor because he is not dehydrated and he is still able to eat, drink and play normally except he has diarrhea about 4-5 times a day.

    We just moved to Northern Ca and his new Dr. is very difficult to be reached. Many times my son got sick and we couldn’t contact his Dr. I had to take care of him by just using mother’s instinct.

    Anyway, I would like to know that can my son’s diarrhea cause by H1N1 vaccination? Can one blood test tells that my son has food allergy, or having some kind of virus in stomach, or has H1N1 vaccination’s side effect? Is it ok if I will not bring my son to get the second dose?

    Thank you.

  • Clinton

    My gets are going to get the swine flu vaccine, but do I need to get it? I never get the flu and never get the vaccine shots. I guess the question is, if my kids get immuinzed, is there any reason I should as their parent? I mean if I get it furthur down the track, they shouldn’t get affected should they?

    Thankyou.

  • Lisa

    I decided today after much research and going back and forth on it for months that I absolutely will not get my 5 year old daughter vaccinated. I did a lot of research and it contains Thiomersal which has been proven to be dangerous, you can look it up on Wikipedia. Also when tested on animals it either killed them (parrots) or gave them neurological problems as someone else here observed as well. I don’t know, my sister is a surgeon and she said I should get it for my daughter right away but then if you look at all the youtube videos on the dangers of it it definitely scares you enough to NOT take it! They say even the people who make it won’t take the shot and Dr. Oz even said that his kids won’t be vaccinated, supposedly because his wife doesn’t want them to be. Anyway, those are just snippets I found and I don’t normally lean on the side of paranoia but this time I am going do so. The deciding factor for me was the Thiomersal contained in the shot, it is fact that it has been linked to autism and other neurological disorders.

    • http://www.childrenshospital.org Matt Cyr

      Hi Lisa,

      It sounds like you’ve done a lot of research, but it’s important to note that not all H1N1 vaccine has Thimerosal and that there is a lot of scientific evidence that Thimerosal is not harmful. We did a post on both of these topics not long ago. There’s also a great Q&A from a CDC physician on WebMD that addresses a lot of the concerns you raise here.

      Thanks very much for your comment.
      Matt

  • Lisa

    I have heard that they don’t all contain it, Matt. I made sure that my daughter’s immunizations to this point have not contained it as well. Right now it is a public “get the shot while you can” frenzy and you don’t really know what you are getting. It’s different than going to your doctor and asking them what is in the shot and having options.

    Also, the supply and demand going on with the shot is making people want it more without fully knowing what their kids are getting. It’s sort of like the Christmas present rush, if you know something is sold out or going to sell out or limited supply you will buy it without knowing all the details of the gift or if it’s even worth it. If the vaccine becomes available to the public and I can sit and talk to my daughter’s doctor about it and get more info, then yes, I may reconsider. If I can get it first, for instance, test it on myself, then yes, maybe. But I will not buy into this pandemic frenzy of putting something which contains possibly harmful material and has been quickly made into my little girl I love more than anyone. I have even heard that the scientists that made the vaccine won’t take it themselves. I know it sounds paranoid but for me it’s a huge decision when it comes to my daughter’s health and well being.

    Anyhow, I am just not willing to take the gamble with her with this one and also maybe put a heavy metal into her body that will never leave her body. I watch ‘House’ after all ;) (kidding), but my gut tells me not to give her that shot so I am going with it. Thanks for the info, I will check it out. I know there are two sides to the coin here with Thimerosal, different research and opinions.

  • Lisa

    Oh, one more thing I forgot to add, I have also heard that if you get this vac. that if the virus mutates and you contract it that it will actually make it much worse for you.

  • Carol

    I was wondering if a child has the H1N1 vaccine and then is tested within a few days of such vaccine, can that vaccine cause the h1N1 test result to show up positive??? My niece had the vaccine and then got sick within a few days and the doctor tested her for H1N1, and he said her results were positive. How is that possible if she was vaccinated? Can the vaccine cause the test to show positive even if the person does not have the h1n1 virus? PLEASE ADVISE! Many thanks.

  • joe parent

    i was given the opportunity to vaccinate my daughter with the H1N1 shot, i said “No” i have heard that some people that got the shot have gotten very very sick. i just told my 7 year old daughter to wash her hands frequently. The govt and medical community needs to get their act together. They don’t want to take the vaccines they make themselves why should the public? what are we guinnea pigs?

    until its tested thoroughly, i’m not going to risk my loved one’s health and safety on “experimental” vaccines.

  • Sofia

    Look the deal is this is a flu vaccine that is new and being tried for the first time.The U.S. has already purchased at least 312 million doses of two proprietary, patented adjuvants: MF59 from Novartis and ASO3 from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). These purchases took place despite the fact that neither chemical has been FDA approved for use in a vaccine! Do u know wat this means? This vaccine could kill u for all u know it. Just wash your hands, dont go to public places, get regularly doctor checkups, follow the H1N1 protection rules and u should be just fine.

  • http://www.vanre.com priscilla

    My boy took the 1st dose and got sick 4 days later, the doctor said that it was a coincidence, so we gave him the 2nd dose and this time he is worse, fever, cough, etc. I’d give only one dose if I could go back in time.

  • nedra jones

    my granddaughter received the h1n1 shot and now she has pulled all her hair out is this a side effect from the first shot of h1n1 and now she needs to take the second doze of it. she is 9 1/2 years of age. she had never done this before, i am very worried for her.

    • Celinermrz

      Well ask your child’s doctor about it. who did your grand daughter get her flu shot from?probably here’s a tip when she gets her second dose first talk to her doctor before giving her the second dose make sure you trust your grand daughter’s doctor.

  • nedra jones

    my granddaughter received the h1n1 shot and now she has pulled all her hair out is this a side effect from the first shot of h1n1 and now she needs to take the second doze of it. she is 9 1/2 years of age. she had never done this before, i am very worried for her.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Nedra,

      The CDC does not list pulling your hair out as an H1N1 vaccine side effect. Your granddaughter’s pediatrician should be contacted.

      Thanks,

      Kristin

  • Andrea

    My kids have been fine so far. Should I still get the H1N1 vaccine?

    • Celinermrz

      Yes you should get the H1N1 vaccine

  • Andrea

    My kids have been fine so far. Should I still get the H1N1 vaccine?

  • smartalec44

    Is the WHO out to get us poor saps by intentionally doctoring our vaccines?If it really is, then vaccinating your kids is criminal.Tell the 95 year old Rockefeller to shove his agenda.I wonder whether he has the availabilty of secret cancer cures and fountain of youth treatments?

    • Anonymous

      hi, both my children are meant to be having the swine flu vac tomorrow my daughters are 3 1/2 years and my youngest is 2 years, please can someone help me asap should i or not im so scared

  • smartalec44

    Is the WHO out to get us poor saps by intentionally doctoring our vaccines?If it really is, then vaccinating your kids is criminal.Tell the 95 year old Rockefeller to shove his agenda.I wonder whether he has the availabilty of secret cancer cures and fountain of youth treatments?

  • Michael

    my child 6 yrs old had his shot today I am now trying to find out side effcets as he now has a severe headache. He has never had this before. The School did not send any info about side affects so can anyone tell me. I did hear a group of medical staff refused this same shot so what is up on this stuff?

    Thanks

    Michael

  • Michael

    my child 6 yrs old had his shot today I am now trying to find out side effcets as he now has a severe headache. He has never had this before. The School did not send any info about side affects so can anyone tell me. I did hear a group of medical staff refused this same shot so what is up on this stuff?
    Thanks
    Michael

  • sam

    hi i have a 22 month old daughter who is fit and healthy and she has been offered the h1n1 vaccine i have declined the jab as i dont think there has been enough testing into it but now im worried i am outting her health at risk. i just want to do what is best for her and i am unsure what this is i have done hours and hours of research and all the evidence in conflicting so im stuck please advise.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Sam,

      I know you said that you’ve done hours of research, but this really is a decision that can only be made by you. Perhaps talking to your daughter’s pediatrician will help with your decision.

      Here are some websites with helpful information on the H1N1 vaccine (although you’re probably very familiar with them already).

      CDC
      Flu.gov

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get the vaccine. I have had swine flu and believe me it is just like normal flu. Sure it gets you down for a week but I recovered and so will most people. I have HIV (and i’m not ashamed to admit it) so if I can recover then sure as hell your healthy child will. I’m not going to put forein substances in my body unless its necessary. I wouldn’t get the jab unless i was 100 percent sure it was safe and it hasn’t been around long enough to know the long term affects.

  • Leah14

    Don't get the vaccine. I have had swine flu and believe me it is just like normal flu. Sure it gets you down for a week but I recovered and so will most people. I have HIV (and i'm not ashamed to admit it) so if I can recover then sure as hell your healthy child will. I'm not going to put forein substances in my body unless its necessary. I wouldn't get the jab unless i was 100 percent sure it was safe and it hasn't been around long enough to know the long term affects.

  • Anonymous

    i have a 8 month old baby nearly 9 months and i have just had a doctors letter through the post asking to make an appointntment for her vaccinations for the swine flu and iam in a bit of a pickle weather to have them done i would like to no abit more on side-effects on swine flu??

  • kirstybradley

    i have a 8 month old baby nearly 9 months and i have just had a doctors letter through the post asking to make an appointntment for her vaccinations for the swine flu and iam in a bit of a pickle weather to have them done i would like to no abit more on side-effects on swine flu??

  • Michael

    Have the doctor cover the side -effects. Out of my boys elementry from K-5th only 4 had side effects of severe headache and temp. My boy was one with headche's and low grade fever for two days. One girl did have a more severe reaction but is back at school now. The school will not do the second shot ( two shot series) nasal was given and I did not find out if the ones who had nasal had the same effect. My son had the shot. But get the info from the doctor before hand this not knowing until you have the side efects stinks.

  • Brandon

    im 14, and i never got the flu shot. i dont need it. i got the normal flu once and the cold once. im in perfect health, so i dont feel like i need the shot. my family is also like me. my mom's friend got the h1n1 flu shot and now he's infected with it.

  • Brandon

    im 14, and i never got the flu shot. i dont need it. i got the normal flu once and the cold once. im in perfect health, so i dont feel like i need the shot. my family is also like me. my mom’s friend got the h1n1 flu shot and now he’s infected with it.

  • diane

    If a child has had the H1N1 vaccine, but is exposed to a person with the virus, is there ANY possibility that the child could still get the virus?

  • diane

    If a child has had the H1N1 vaccine, but is exposed to a person with the virus, is there ANY possibility that the child could still get the virus?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Diane,

      Here is a CDC link about vaccine effectiveness.

      I hope this helps.

      – Kristin

  • http://www.ask.com/ sandra

    hello, i just took my 5 yr old daughter to the doctor yesterday for a generl check up and i was asked if i want to get the H1N1 shot. she surely got the shot and now she is sick. after having a discussion with my husband about it, could this be a sign that she caught the “swine flu” virus?

  • http://www.ask.com/ sandra

    hello, i just took my 5 yr old daughter to the doctor yesterday for a generl check up and i was asked if i want to get the H1N1 shot. she surely got the shot and now she is sick. after having a discussion with my husband about it, could this be a sign that she caught the “swine flu” virus?

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Sandra,

      Here is a CDC link of possible side effects from the H1N1 vaccine.

      I hope this helps.

      – Kristin

  • Lesley

    Hi,

    I have a baby that just turned 6 months on Feb. 28th. He has already had a pretty bad bout of RSV at 2 months old. Since having RSV, he has never really completely gotten rid of his stuffy nose, slight cough and congestion, yet his doctors say he is okay. My question is, should he get the H1N1 vaccine? I also have a 15 year old in the house and a couple of adult friends that have had Swine Flu. Due to all of this, I’m afraid he is more at risk. Please advise.

  • Lesley

    Hi,

    I have a baby that just turned 6 months on Feb. 28th. He has already had a pretty bad bout of RSV at 2 months old. Since having RSV, he has never really completely gotten rid of his stuffy nose, slight cough and congestion, yet his doctors say he is okay. My question is, should he get the H1N1 vaccine? I also have a 15 year old in the house and a couple of adult friends that have had Swine Flu. Due to all of this, I'm afraid he is more at risk. Please advise.

    • Kristin Cantu

      Hi Lesley,

      The CDC has a great amount of information concerning the H1N1 vaccine that should help you make an informed decision about whether or not to vaccinate your baby.

  • GingerBreadMan

    Ben you should do your research. A preservative in MMR vaccines, that is no longer used, was at first thought to cause autism. That study has since been dismissed. Vaccines are safe, and are continuing to get better and better, and they are a lot safer than the disease it is protecting you from. Yes the flu scare is thrown way out of proportion but I wouldnt want my child (who is more likely to die from the flu) to be that 1 % that dies from the flu. Look back in history, the main causes of deaths were bacteria and virsus such as flu, measles, etc…stuff that vaccines have made obsolete….If your child becomes sick I bet you a million dollars you wish you had gotten the vaccine.

  • Me

    Just my two cents: I am a health care worker and very aware of the risk of swine flu/other flu’s. I would much rather take the chance of my children catching the flu than immunizing them… I would never live with myself if I took my perfectly healthy child, had her immunized then watch her die later from the side effects! I really wish doctors would be more open about immunizations – people really need to research their what’s put into the shots. For a fact the MMR still cantains MERCURY. Why do the shots have to be so full of poisions, human fetus cells and animal bi-products? Wonder if the rates of children “not immunized” are as high in autism and seizure occurance? Wonder if we stopped immunizations if all these childhood illnesses would really resurface?

    • mary

      If you are health care worker you should know that MMR vaccine doesn’t contain thimerosal since 2008.

  • Jessica Aguilar

    Hi My Baby Has the H1N1 shots but my questions are can he still get the virus

    • Celinermrz

      well every baby is different. my sister got her shot but shes awsome nothing happened to her. talk to an expert who studied lots about flu shots with babies i don’t this he can get the virus there’s like a 99% that your baby can’t get the virus. you can also talk to a doctor about this if your doctor or an expert says no he can’t get the virus then your in LUCK! so there you can get your 100%!

  • no name

    what vaccines should i be taking as a fifteen year old?

  • Jessica

    yes they should get the shot. my son is two. they gave him the shot in two doses.. they said they had to. one i think they were like one month apart

  • jacymock

    I do not feel comfortable with my children to have a header H1N1 is not yet ready, to say nothing of their legal immunity to it! that is ridiculous, the media has been freaking say everyone should have this, but we do not even know everything yet, and the last time was about (the virus) vaccine has killed more people than a virus!

  • MICHELLE

    Hi my son had a flu shot at his 15 month visit and was given another one yesterday at his 18 month visit and now i’ve noticed his body twitches in controllably in his sleep… could it have harmed him in any way?

  • Celinermrz

    Is the flu shot safe for a 9 year old?

  • Cherrybaby81

    1 year old is getting the mercury free flu shot next week. But I’m scared. Any parents out there who let there kids get the shot this year or last year & was there any side effects?

  • Someone please reply

    I’m a kid (10) my mom won’t get me the flu shot (H1N1) yeah I don’t LIKE shots but I don’t want the swine flu. My mom says that the shots make people sick. And she will NEVER get it! Can someone give me some good things about the shot so I can tell my mom it ISN’T bad. Thank you!

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    • trippunderwood

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  • sam

    hi i have a 22 month old daughter who is fit and healthy and she has been offered the h1n1 vaccine i have declined the jab as i dont think there has been enough testing into it but now im worried i am outting her health at risk. i just want to do what is best for her and i am unsure what this is i have done hours and hours of research and all the evidence in conflicting so im stuck please advise.

  • Michael

    Have the doctor cover the side -effects. Out of my boys elementry from K-5th only 4 had side effects of severe headache and temp. My boy was one with headche’s and low grade fever for two days. One girl did have a more severe reaction but is back at school now. The school will not do the second shot ( two shot series) nasal was given and I did not find out if the ones who had nasal had the same effect. My son had the shot. But get the info from the doctor before hand this not knowing until you have the side efects stinks.

  • GingerBreadMan

    Ben you should do your research. A preservative in MMR vaccines, that is no longer used, was at first thought to cause autism. That study has since been dismissed. Vaccines are safe, and are continuing to get better and better, and they are a lot safer than the disease it is protecting you from. Yes the flu scare is thrown way out of proportion but I wouldnt want my child (who is more likely to die from the flu) to be that 1 % that dies from the flu. Look back in history, the main causes of deaths were bacteria and virsus such as flu, measles, etc…stuff that vaccines have made obsolete….If your child becomes sick I bet you a million dollars you wish you had gotten the vaccine.

  • Celinermrz

    acctually you can be born with autism you can’t catch it in the middle of your life.

  • Celinermrz

    Don’t be afraid first contact your children’s doctor if you don’t belive your child’s doctor then you might not want to get the shot for your children.