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topic 5 Swine flu jab

Post by kay on Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:24 pm

I have had a letter through inviting me to take Corey and Ty for a swine flu vaccination.

IMO, they are both fit and well and they shouldnt need it.

Anyone elses LO's been offered it? and what are your opinions on it?

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Post by emmiesmummy on Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:51 pm

Emilys had it I wasnt so concearned with her getting it but more want us all to have as my nephew has hodgkins & dont want him at risk.
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Post by Drusilla on Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:23 pm

DS was offered it a couple of weeks ago.
I declined, after speaking to a breastfeeding counsellor and a couple of HVs.
I don't get why they are offering this jab to the under 5's when the seasonal flu jab is not (except those with special health needs).
I am also sceptical of claims that it is similar to the seasonal flu jab.
DS has had all the standard vaccines including MMR as there has been years worth of research supporting their efficacy and risk of side effects but the swine flu jab has not been around that much.
Though I can understand emmiesmum wantind emily to have it Sad your poor nephew.

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Post by kay on Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:46 pm

Yeah, I know what you mean, and Jane, fully would in your case too.

Dave had it about a month ago as he has bad asthma and contracted pneumonia this time last year, so although he is needle phobic, we decided it was something he had to do as i wanted to have a husband around to see the kids grow up!

I am going to look into it some more - the children are fully vaccinated for everything else, but as has been said, there is much more research into these. I spoke to my HV today, and she had to talk professionally, and couldnt advise me either way but said to follow my gut instinct (which is not too unless i am influenced otherwised!)

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Post by kaygeebee on Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:19 pm

I got a letter through for Owen, and he is not 6 months yet!

I think we probably will. As so many people won't get it, the spread will be worse, and it's the under 5s who are one of the groups that tend to end up in hospital with swine flu.

I've spoken to some health professionals in a personal context (doctors and lab staff) - and they are vaccinating their LOs - if there was any doubt on safety, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't. It's not a live virus, and although the winter flu jab has been around many years, the composition of that jab changes every single year. Under 5s are not offered it, but they don't tend to end up in hospital with normal flu as much as they do with swine flu.

I think I've talked myself into it.... I can understand caution though - it's a hard decision.

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Post by ldnug on Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:05 pm

DH and I were only talking about this the other day and we are realy unsure about what to do - be interesting to hear the opinions of others in the same situation.
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Post by gem1981 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:20 pm

We had a letter about it but I'm not going to get the kids vacinated, I'd already decided I'm not goingto have it if offered it in pregnancy so won't have the kids done either, but that is my gut instinct, everyones is different

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Post by Natasha on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:37 pm

I haven't had any letters for the girls but I would decline anyway.

Just my gut feeling.


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Post by Drusilla on Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:37 am

I also think it is a case of closing the barn door after the horse has bolted... it should have been offered much earlier - when the swine flu was at it's height. The predicted pandemic has not come about (in fact France are having to ditch 900,000 euros worth of vaccine stock, as they purchased on the premise everyone would need 2 shots, but current advice only 1 is required).

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Post by Helen on Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:27 pm

bethanys got her appointment for 10th feb but i still havent decided whether to take her or not yet.
i had mine over a month ago now and all my arm still has a dirty big bruise on it which i thought should've gone by now its huge xxx
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Post by Kasia80 on Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:00 am

We did for Maya- I declined. They can inject themselfs with spermicides and formaldehides and fck knows what else.
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Post by Squiglet on Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:12 am

Its been offered to under 5 simply because of the age groups to be infected with Swine flu, under 5s are the ones who will develop severe problems even without having underlying conditions.

My personal stance on the point is that people are panicking about it. The reason swine flu was so severe in South America has to do with the level of poverty and medical care. Even the WHO have come under scrutiny over the matter and the hype generated.

We had doctors think lil miss had it back before Christmas... Turned out to be just a bad chest infection and pulmonary swelling. Yet we have never been offered even the flu jab.
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