No we havnt had it (me,, my 4.5 year old or hubby).. I just got over a nasty bed ridden flu (aches, fevers, chills, headache, dizzy) and I still won't be having a shot.
***Happy to be a Mummy & Daddy of ONE! :-) ***
I got my flu shot.
It doesn't protect against all the strains (which would be impossible to manufacture) but the major predictive flu strains.
Over 500 people in Australia due each year from the flu (state gov stat).
I had the flu shot yesterday. I'm 18 weeks pregnant with my 5th baby, and with each pregnancy I have gotten the flu and it's been so severe. So I took advantage of it being free as I'm pregnant and am so relieved I won't have to deal with it this time!
I actually never even considered having my children vaccinated. They really hate needles and thought mummy was so brave to get one lol. But they've never had a severe flu either, just a cold that lasts a couple of days. But I wouldn't hesitate if it had been an issue in the past.
I asked about the flu shot for my 4yr old and was also told that they don't recommend it unless your child's immune system is low ei has had cancer or such. I was happy with that. Having the flu shot doesn't mean you won't get the flu anyway, if you do get it it just may not be as severe.
There are actually 5 different flu vaccines Fluvax, Vaxigrip, Influvac, Fluarix and Agrippal.
Fluvax is only advised to be used over 5 years old. The other 4 can be used on children from 6 months to 10 years old.
Please have a look at this government page that was updated last month:
The government is actually asking parents to seriously consider getting their children a flushot as there is a new variant of the swine flu coming up.
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