Swine Flu Vaccine: Demand the Babysitter Get It?

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needle vaccineSwine flu vaccinations are well underway in most parts of the country for those who wish to get vaccinated.

Getting the vaccine is a personal choice. However, what about the people who care for your children? If you're pro-vaccination, will you recommend that your child care provider, babysitter, or nanny gets the swine flu vaccination as well? And what if she or he says no?

My health care provider, Kaiser Permanente, recommends the seasonal flu shot and the swine flu (H1N1) shot especially for:

  • Children 6 months old up to their 19th birthday
  • Anyone 50 or older
  • Anyone with a chronic health condition
  • Pregnant women
  • Health care workers
  • Anyone living with or caring for someone in any of these categories or with a child under 6 months old

So yep, that last recommendation would include child care providers, babysitters, nannies, and even grandparents who might care for your children.

If you feel the vaccine is the best protection for your family against the swine flu virus, how far do you take these recommendations? Do you draw the line at getting your family vaccinated?

Or will you suggest that the people caring for your children get the vaccine as well? And what if they refuse? How far are you willing to go?


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Capta... CaptainMcMommy

My ILs would flip if I asked them to get it! BIL apperently is autistic and MIL blames the vaccinations so now SIL doesn't vax her DD. And they are ALWAYS sick. DD is only 4 months old so she doesn't have all her vaccinations yet. I'm being exrta careful now about who watches her or comes around her at all.

Lanasmom Lanasmom

While i'm pro-vaccination, neither me nor my kids are getting the H1N1 vaccine--I just feel like its been pushed too hard and too fast, and they don't know all the side affects yet--it can take years for all the side effects to show up--So i'm just being extra careful --I don't even make my babysitters get the regular flu vaccine, so no i'm not gonna tell them that they have to get this one either--I figure they are smart enough to know if they are sick and stay home.

auror... aurorabunny

If someone tried to insist that my family or I get that vaccine I guess I would end up not being around them anymore because there's no way that's happening.

Cafe... Cafe Tracy

I have a baby under 6 months and asked our babysitter to get the shot but she doesn't want to for personal reasons. She's a part of our family and I would never let her go because of this, but it is a difficult siuation for me because I'm worried abou the baby being exposed.

Geeky... Geekywitch

I guess I'm the meanie in this group. Yes... I would stop hiring a sitter who was not vaccinated. If it was someone I really liked, I'd offer to pay for it myself. If it was a personal choice that they weren't vaccinated, I'd hire them again...... after flu season.

auror... aurorabunny

Funny enough, we are avoiding people who have received the shot and are probably shedding virus.  (Well avoiding them as much as possible..obviously it's not possible to know if everyone has had a shot or not.) So if I had a babysitter who was receiving it I would probably ask them to stay away for a little while..thankfully my mom is my only babysitter and she's not getting it!

mommypip mommypip

If I was the sitter I'd tell the person to go to H***. Seriously. Have fun finding someone else. The baby would be more at risk if I got it and was shedding virus all over the place.

amyma... amymarie712

I would not tell my daycare provider I require her to get vaccinated.  It is a personal choice.  If you're concerned about your child getting sick, make sure your child gets the vaccine.  It's that simple. 

 Hopefully your sitter will let you know if he/she is sick or feeling icky; if they don't, you probably need a new sitter anyhow.

My son received the vaccine yesterday.  I informed the sitter he would be getting it and asked if she was.  She firmly said no and told me her views.  I'm okay with it because I've made sure to vaccinate my son.  It's really not the sitter I'm worried about.  It's the other parents.  There was a couple who tried to mask fevers by loading their children with Motrin and still bringing them to the sitters!  After the motrin wears off the fever shows, the sitter calls the parents to come pick them up but it's too late!  That family is no longer there. Its one of the reasons, my son received the vaccine. 

we2an... we2angels

Our daycare requires it because they are affliated with the hospital but they don't even have the H1N1 vaccine here yet...

And I got the virus!  So what good what vaccination have done me?  Nothing!  And as far as "don't watch my kids while you are sick" you are contagious 1 full day before you show symptoms!  And this is one whiley little virus, very contagious!  A day before I got my cough I was holding a newborn.  i just hope he doesn't get it!

my answer?  I had to get it for work but didn't want to.  Now I don't, i had/have the flu.  My DD won't get the vaccine.  I'm hoping when she gets this flu (which it's coming) they will give her Tamiflu and I'll do what I can to make sure she is able to rest and get over it quickly!

Natsn... Natsnumberthree

I think that it would be absolutely ridiculous to require the babysitter to get the shot.  If you are pro vax, then get your child the shot and they should be "protected" anyways.  And if your child can't recieve it yet, it would be in your best interest to leave them as little as possible.  Just make sure everyone washes their hands as much as possible.  We already had a flu, not sure which one, this season.  For us it wasn't a big deal.

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