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    Default Flu shot

    Hi everyone.

    DS had a flu shot last year at 16 months before we went to Europe. As it was the first time he had a flu shot, they gave him half a dose and he had to come back a month later to get another half dose.
    Last week I had to take him with me while I went to get my annual shot. The doctor asked me if I wanted a shot for DS too. I hadn't thought about giving him one this year, yet. Anyway, I decided he might as well since DS was with me. Another reason I decided to go ahead with it, is because he goes to a large daycare center and already has a runny nose.
    All was fine. DS just gave the doctor a foul look and that was it.

    Last night I went out with staff and some mums on a 'parents night out' organized by our abc daycare center. I was talking to some mums about the upcoming flu season and how kids are grubs and forever infecting one another.Reason
    I mentioned DS had a flu shot and I had at least 4 women looking at me with surprise and also disgust. Why on earth would you give a toddler a flu shot for???!!! That poor little boy. They get enough needles already, why give him even more?!
    It was still a nice evening, but I couldn't help but feel like I had committed a crime or something and started to regret giving DS a flu shot even though I know its the right thing to do for him.

    Am I really the only one who gets their toddler a flu shot?! Is anyone here considering getting one for their child?
    DS never got a flu last year. Only a cold.

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    All 5 of my kids get the flu shot too, I've also had random comments but then I get a giggle when they whine bout their kids having the flu

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    I wont be for DD this year, but Im having one while pregnant.
    Im BF too, so think that helps. In future she will most likely have them annually

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    My ds had one at around the same age and I think a year older too. Then, there were issues with the flu shot & little kids & I stopped giving it. But, I'm off to the GP for dd's 6 month vaccinations today and I'm going to ask about the flu vax for my ds & dd. The flu can make you sick for weeks and kids share illnesses so readily, so I think it's a good idea. Who wants a child at home & really sick & miserable for 2 - 3 weeks? Certainly not me!

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    Thats it. At daycare illnesses like the flu, croup, colds etc are easily spread and I can't afford to have a sick child with me 24/7.
    Plus I hate seeing DS being sick. It breaks my heart as there's not much I can do to make him feel better. Prevention is better than curing. That's my motto

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    Won't do my girl till she is 5 (head of immunisation in Australia recommended this )..I got the flu shot for myself though

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    If DD was in daycare at that age i may consider it, I wouldn't think it's that unusual.
    But I had influenza B when pregnant and I have to say it wasn't half as bad as some colds I've had.


    Baby wearing, co-sleeping, booby feeding mummy to one

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    I will probably get a flu shot for 2yo DD. It has been recommended by her GP as she is asthmatic (triggered by viruses) and gets sick a lot from daycare. I plan to speak to her respiratory specialist in a few weeks to see if he agrees before i take her to get it done. I think its a good idea if thry are in daycare, but dont know much about possible risks/side effects.

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    I know it was the right thing to do and I explained to them in detail why I believe this. I gave them a bunch of statistics and facts, yet they still shook their heads. Sometimes you just can't win

    I didn't really like the way they were comparing their children with one another, but I don't openly show it.
    "Jackie can say the alphabet back to front and is only 23 months old".
    "Oh? Well Sarah can count to 20 and back and she's only 18 months old".
    "Ha! Max can jump 20 times on 1 leg on a trampoline and he's only just 2 years old".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    I know it was the right thing to do and I explained to them in detail why I believe this. I gave them a bunch of statistics and facts, yet they still shook their heads. Sometimes you just can't win

    I didn't really like the way they were comparing their children with one another, but I don't openly show it.
    "Jackie can say the alphabet back to front and is only 23 months old".
    "Oh? Well Sarah can count to 20 and back and she's only 18 months old".
    "Ha! Max can jump 20 times on 1 leg on a trampoline and he's only just 2 years old".

    Someone I know spoke to the head of immunization here in Oz ..said no don't get it till she is 5 ..so I am going with that..I was going to get it for her..

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