"My Baby Will Get the Vaccine"

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Swine Flu Guide

H1N1A CafeMom friend asked me the other day why the Daily Buzz is talking about the swine flu so much. Really good question! I had to think on that a bit.

It has nothing to do with being pro or con, but rather confusion over the mixed messages about the risks from the vaccine versus the illness itself. So, the more we talk it through and look at it from all angles, the greater the hope that we can figure out what works best for our own families and kids.

I think Neonds13, owner of the Educate Before You Vaccinate group, summed it up best in her recent Healthy Living Buzz interview:

"Educate yourself and do the research before making any hasty decisions about getting the swine flu vaccine. Know the ingredients, know ALL the side effects, ask your doctor to see the package inserts from the vaccine box or ask to get a copy to take home and read. Don't get this vaccine before you are positive you can make a well-informed and well-educated decision about it."

One such mom is ProudMomma0226. She will vaccinate her 7 month old son as soon as her pediatrician's office receives shipment of the shot. Here's my talk with her:

Is your son healthy?

Yes, except he has gastric reflux and has had it since he was born. He has had a mild cold before, but that's it.

Why have you decided to have your baby immunized against swine flu?

I just got over the swine flu and was hospitalized for it. Plus seven people around where we live have died in the past week. All but two of them were children. 

At first it was a difficult decision because the vaccine is so new, but then I got the swine flu and saw how bad it was on me. I could not imagine putting my little one through that.

How did you come to your decision?

I have spoken to a number of pediatricians at my son's clinic, as well as the medical staff at the hospital. I also talked to the doctors at Baylor Medical Center about it. They said it was up to me, but in their opinion, since I caught the flu and I am my son's main caretaker, it would be in his best interest.

Are you worried at all? Any concerns?

I am concerned that it is so new and they aren't 100 percent sure of the side effects, but I know in my heart it has to be better than him being hospitalized with this flu. I do trust my pediatrician and believe she wouldn't advise me to get it unless she thought he needed it. And, in fact, he wasn't going to get it until I got the virus. At that point, it was a joint decision by me, his father, and doctor.

Find more great info in the Swine Flu Guide.


What is the deciding factor for you in either vaccinating or not vaccinating your baby against the swine flu?


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RanaA... RanaAurora

My sister and another friend of mine both just got over the swine flu... and both still wouldn't get the vaccination nor recommend it.

I was hoping a pro side could have a little more factual support, not emotional.

auror... aurorabunny

Thanks for answering that question for me, btw. :)

I have to say that I think in the end...emotions and gut feelings are our "clinchers" if you will in making our decisions in regards to things like vaccines.  At least that is my opinion.  Don't get me wrong, I have read and talked and learned and researched until it was coming out of my ears but I also know that my instincts play into what I believe as well.  It would be too hard to decide ONLY based on facts for the simple fact that you can find legit information that backs up both polar extreme sides of the vaccine debate.  You have to decide who you want to believe.  I hope that made some sort of sense.

Magno... MagnoliaQueen

I agree with aurorabunny.  I have gone back and forth and back and forth about this particular vaccine, I have researched and talked to professionals until I am blue in the face.  I have the facts that are available to me, but truly in the end, it was my gut feeling that made the decision for me. 

I definitely think research is extremely important, but your instincts are just as important.....and that applies to any parenting decision, that's why we don't all always make the same ones!

athenax3 athenax3

I think we are all fearful of making the wrong choice, and that we won't know that we've made the wrong choice until it's too late- that's an emotional issue- you can't help but for it to be, especially since it seems our children are the ones on the line in regards to this flu or vaccine.

I've researched and talked to professionals, friends, family- I've tried to be as thorough and encompassing as possible so that I can make a well thought out decision for my girls- but my gut clenches when I think of them getting horribly ill or of the potentials for yet another vaccine. I'm a vaxer, but I do think we are taking it too far now, and giving too many, and this does concern me, and this vaccine in particular bothers me on a level I can't quite put my finger on, though I'm not usually the paranoid type.

cmy3kids cmy3kids

The strange thing about this is my foster son recently had the option to receive the swine flu vaccination. He is medically fragile... was born 2 mths premature, has had surgery for a herniated esophagus, recent surgery on a partial cleft lip, and kidney dysplasia (which means he will need a transplant at some point in his life). With all this... his doctor and the colleges out of our local Children's Hospital are not vaccinating children under the age of 2 for H1N1 at all. Even with all his medical needs!

Marjc... Marjchaos

I'll be getting the vaccine once I can.  My boys won't because they are not old enough.  I'm a big proponent of vaccines.  I tried to get my boys into a final stage drug trial for a vaccine against menigitis but they were slightly premature and therefore not eligible for the trial.  Now I have to wait until they are two years old, which is the exact age my cousin's baby was when he died of menigitis.

jones... jonesblair

wow!  I am truly amazed at the uneduation of American parents....please go REALLY study everything about vaccines....i feel so sorry for the children who's parents are severely altering the rest of their life with these INOCULATIONS.....much better word cuz' they do not immunize, they paralyze....on purpose too:(

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