I'm not, because I have an adverse reaction to the jab itself (and even the alternate version).
Regarding your DS, the jab is recommended for all over the age 6 months, and particularly so for children under age 5. There are special versions for children 6 months through 8 years, requiring two doses instead of one. More information on the 'flu jab for children from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm
Thanks! I asked this in a moms group on FB and they said the same thing so I booked him an appointment. Just chucking it onto the mega heap of worries.
I'm not for or against but I don't get them. I have a very strong immune system. It used to be healthy people were discouraged from getting them to ensure vaccinations were available to those at risk. Now I hear everyone is supposed to get them and that just seems ridiculous to me.
2017-12-07 11:00 AM
I used to take this philosophy. Then in one year I had three friends who were immuno-compromised for some reason. I realized that heard immunity makes a real difference. Since then I've gotten it. Low risk, and helpful for others.
As someone who falls into the immuno-compromised category, and who also has severe adverse reactions to the flu jab, I thank you.
I cannot remember ever having the flu as an adult so it's seems illogical.
We get them. The only reason I get them is because my husband is able to administer them and will bring one home for me or I would not get them. I was livid the one year I got one because I had it done at my annual physical and I got a bill from the Dr for $50 because the insurance company wouldn't pay for my dr to do it, I was supposed to go to a minute clinic. There is not a location near me that offered these services and would have required an hour drive and then a wait time of anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. I was livid.
Honestly even though there effectiveness is not high, it's like any vaccine, if I get it and my family gets it, it helps reduce the spread (theoretically) and helps prevent those people who CAN'T get the vaccines from getting whatever illness is around.
It's free here and you can get it at any pharmacy but people still skip it due to some kind of skepticism and probably also laziness. I'm usually guilty of the latter but things look a little different when you have a kid as most of us know.
It is also free here, I was unaware that in some areas one must get it through insurance. Even if I were to get it at my GP, it would be covered as part of routine preventative healthcare.
It's "free" aka insurance foots the entire cost if you go where they tell you to go and get it, otherwise it costs money. I thought when I had the GP do it, that it was covered, it was quite an unpleasant surprise when I found out it wasn't.
2017-12-07 9:23 AM
We got it. Having the flu is not fun. Transmitting the flu to infants and/or grandparents because you didn't get vaccinated is more not fun.
ETA that sounds sanctimonious so I will confess that last year I did not get a vaccination because I never got around to it.
Ha that's ok I am just really scared I'll infect him and he'll suffer horribly and it'll be all my fault so your "sanctimonious"ness is just affirmation of one of my giant fears.
2017-12-07 9:32 AM
In our house it was usually the other way around. He picked up something at daycare and shared.
We typically get them (although haven't yet this year). Last year O got flu even with vaccine and 2 years ago I got it but both if us didn't get too sick because we'd had the vaccine.
Target will give you $5 gift card and it's free. I am rounding up the homeless now to make sure they get their shot cause I'm just a good person like that....
That is really nice
Please can I put in a PSA for EVERYONE to get their vaccines if you can...not because "vaccines cause autism BS that was always BS and is now proven" reason but if you medically cannot understood.
Evan was going through chemo could not be vaccinated. Those who chose stupidity over vaccines put his life and the life of all that cannot get them for real in grave danger.
Anyone who thinks they shouldn't vaccinate their kids has never spent time in a third world country where children routinely die of these illnesses and their parents walk for 3 days in the sun to stand outside a clinic to get their kids vaccinated if possible.
And did you see that yet another celebrity, and one I thought had a decent brain, is coming out as not vaccinating their kids? I was like WTAF? It's Justin Timberlake and man he has an even bigger following that some others (jenny Mccarthy) who went that way. Seriously pissed me right the f off. I actually got into a discussion that was taken over by 2 others on an anti-vaccer who lives in the Pacific NW and was not doing the HPV vaccine for her kids. She almost got more shit from the other 2 until she said she does the standards just not when the gov says to do them, but spreads them out. I am not sure if I believe her because that came a whole lot later in the discussion.
Absolutely. I get it EVEN THOUGH I usually have a reaction-which is minor in the scheme of things, usually get a low grade fever for a day or two, feel a little punkish. Because herd immunity, and science.
2017-12-07 10:05 AM
Everyone in our house has had the flu shot every year. When DS2 was 6 months it was the end of February and I still got his. As moonglow stated he will need two vaccines spaced about 4 weeks apart. DS1 has had mild reactions to vaccinations (not just flu.) He will often get a low-grade fever. Thankfully he did not get one with the vaccination this year. None of us have had the flu since we've been getting a yearly vaccinations even when other family members of mine have had it who chose to not get the flu vaccination
2017-12-07 11:02 AM
I got it. I was at the drs office for something else and walked into their clinic. My insurance covers it 100% and I don't really mind shots. My arm was sore for about two days, but not in any way that mattered.
I get the flu shot every year.
My daughter has been getting them for several years, I can't remember when we started, but it was whenever her pediatrician said to.
We have never done the mist - always the shot.
Yes, I got mine. Every year. I had the flu in college and I never want to go through that again. Even if the shot only lessens the symptoms, that's worth it in my book.
I believe anyone over 6 months can get it, and yes I took the kids to get theirs when they were little. I don't think either of mine have ever had flu.
It's not just for me, it's also that my mum is nearing 80 and the very old and very young are the most vulnerable.
Just to add to the other responses, yes we all got one. DS was offered one at his last check up and I was offered one by the OB office. I gently reminded DH to go in for his.
I get the flu shot due to asthma and being "elderly". A few years ago DC took me to the ER with bronchitis. I had been falling asleep for hours on end and couldn't stay awake. The ER told us they felt I had a type of flu. They had been seeing an unexpected strain that wasn't in the shot. I can see why people living alone could die of flu by just "drifting off" if no one was checking on them. (Thanks, DC!)
2017-12-08 7:35 AM
We've already gotten the jab. After catching a horrible flu in 2016 that took us about 6 weeks to fully recover from and was thought to have made my concussion worse (I got sick about a week after getting hit in the head) we now get the flu shot. I never want to experience being that sick for that long again.
This year I had a bit of a reaction of feeling sick (full body achy with a slight fever) for about a day that I didn't have last year.
I got mine - I started getting mine a few years ago when my work had them done at our office for free. M doesn't get them because he hates needles.
B got his, he had to get a booster 30 days later too. I forget if it was because he was under 1 or because it was his first time ever (or maybe both). So just a heads up for your B too
I got one and my LO got one too. My ped was for it, and I really trust him. He definitely is on the less intervention is better side, so when he recommends something, I tend to go for it.
P had a slight reaction - the area around the shot was red and a little swollen for about a week, but she's fine now (15 months)