Flu Shots

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CassJ - January 16

Did you get flu shots for your lo? I had them give Isaac one today at the doctor's advice and I am just wondering if anyone else's child has gotten one. He is 6.5 months old.

 

SonyaM - January 16

Oh yeah, we ALWAYS get them for the kids and for us.

 

Nerdy Girl - January 16

This is a subject that causes me much inner turmoil. I have had an extremely severe reaction to the flu shot in the past (twice!) and never get one for myself anymore. Our pediatrician did not require it unless they are in daycare full time. I know that the flu has really bad potential side effects for babies, but I am so scared that my kids will also have a similar reaction to the vaccine that I did. I don't know it that can be hereditary. I have a 4 year old and 1 year old and they are up to date on all their vaccines except neither one has ever had a flu shot.

 

ashtynsmom - January 16

My dd got the flu shot at 10 mos and a booster 4 weeks later. She had no side effects what so ever. She is in daycare, so we felt it was necessary, and the ped was very adamant about her having it. She has had several ear infections, and is on Singulair for allergies.

 

ash2 - January 16

Both DS's got one .My youngest got his right at 6 months...He ran a fever for like 3 days , but it was worth the trouble ...better than the flu ! My oldest DS did not have any symptoms .

 

Renea - January 16

All of mine had them too, and no reactions. The baby (9 months) had his 2nd dose at his 9 mth checkup and again no reaction.

 

melissa g. - January 16

i get one and my baby got hers at 9 months -- no reaction whatsoever.

 

sahmof3 - January 16

My three got them in early December (they were 6 1/2, 2 1/2 and 17 months at the time). Actually my older son got the nasal mist and the younger two got the shot. No rxns.

 

Ca__sJ - January 16

My poor baby is miserable. He is sooo fussy and has a fever. I hope it will end soon.!

 

Brittany - January 16

My 7 month old dd just got one today because her pediatrician recommended it. I don't know why but I'm regretting it. I know the flu could make her seriously ill if she got it but shes not in a daycare and we very rarely go out in public where germs could get to her. We very rarely get sick too so I don't know. I feel bad I put her through the extra pain...and NOW she has a fever, her very first fever because I let them give her the shot. I didn't request a flu shot when my son was little. He got his first fever at age 1 and a half and it wasn't because I asked for him to get a flu shot. Ok, enough rambling. If you feel your child should get a flu shot, go for it. I don't think it's necessary in my situation, stay at home mom, isn't around people too much, etc. My poor daughter, usually I'm ok when a doctor requests vaccinations but the flu shot, I don't think it's necessary until a child is at the age where they're around other kids and people!!!

 

Brittany - January 16

I meant my son got his first fever because he got sick from being around other people...not because I inflicted a fever on him.

 

Kara H. - January 16

Brittany - viruses can live for DAYS on hard surfaces. Max just got his first viral illness last week and I thought I was being so cautious. He isn't around anyone besides my parents and hubby. We use those fabric cover thingys for public highchairs and shopping carts. Yet somehow he managed to touch something contaminated and put his hands in his mouth. And he got sick and then hubby and I got sick from him. Just because you are careful doesn't mean they won't find a way to pick up germs and viruses. I'm guessing your lo probably got other shots today too, so they are probably playing a part in the fever as well. Try not to beat yourself up over it.

 

Brittany - January 17

I know what ya mean Kara H. I do understand too that kids are supposed to get germ bugs to help their immune systems. The reason I was sad and beating myself up is because my kids never get reactions to their immunizations, no fevers, no pain, no fussiness. I just found it weird how my dd reacted to the flu shot, fever and sleepiness. I just feel bad because she is so young, I didn't really feel that was necessary to do that to her but whats done is done. I'm still sad though haha. Thanks for your kind words hehe!

 

HANNAHs Mom - January 17

We chose to get the (mercury-free) flu shot for our 16m dd as recommended by our pedi--but mom, dad and 4y old sister pa__sed on it as babies immune systems aren't quite as strong as ours. She just had the booster yesterday...all's well...no side effects to report..

 

Ca__sJ - January 17

Now I am regretting the flu shot. He did fine with his 4 month immunizations so this has to be from the flu shot. He is so fussy and has a fever and is very sleepy. He got it at 10 am yesterday and it is 5 pm now! Should I call the doctor?

 

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