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    Default Confused about the flu vaccination

    Everything I seem to be reading at the moment is the flu vac and what it is and isnt doing to our children.
    My children are 2.5 years old and 6 months old. People are saying get the vac but on my eyes that's way too young. Our toddler has a history of febrile convulsions and I read it gives high temps.
    Do I need to just stop thinking about it as too young? I have a phobia of my children being sick as it is which effects my everyday and thinking about the flu vac is making it worse.

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    At this stage, it's not on the schedule. I have a 7 month old plus older kids. DH and I will get the vax and limit the baby's contact with anyone with the slightest sniffle.

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    I have a 7mo and a 4.5yo and after a bit of agonising, I've booked them (and me) to get the vaccination on Friday. I will talk to the doctor about it further. My 4yo goes to daycare two days a week and brings home a lot of stuff and my partner sees a lot of clients and catches the bus every day, so I'm worried about it coming into the house.

    Neither of my kids have ever had an adverse reaction to the scheduled vaccines, thankfully.

    I do get a bit of anxiety about pandemics, so it's probably best I get them done.

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    I asked my GP about this and he told me not to get my family done as we are usually healthy.....all those getting the vax must be private and paying for it I assume?

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    I asked my GP about it and he recommended it for me as I'm pregnant but not DD as he didn't think it was necessary for healthy kids.

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    I believe it's free for the eldery, pregnant women and health workers at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    I asked my GP about this and he told me not to get my family done as we are usually healthy.....all those getting the vax must be private and paying for it I assume?
    Does he mean that if you are healthy, then even if you get the flu then you are unlikely to die from it as it's mostly people with underlying medical conditions?

    I'm definitely going to get it for myself at minimum. I got the flu for the first time last year and it was horrible. I was too sick to get out of bed and look after my son.

    I'm not sure how much it costs. I assume it's the cost of the doctor's visit (unless bulk billing doctor) then the flu vaccination. For some reason, I thought about $50-$70 for actual vaccine but not sure.

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    (can't edit my post but google tells me it's about $20 per prescription)

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    I had it last week which was free because I'm pregnant, DH also had it because he comes into contact with a lot of people from all over the place at work and a lot of people seem to go to his work when they are sick. For him it cost $20.
    I did/still am debating about the kids being done but I figure at least DH won't carry it home to them now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post
    Does he mean that if you are healthy, then even if you get the flu then you are unlikely to die from it as it's mostly people with underlying medical conditions?
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    I don't know, I guess so?...but another thread on here asks if anyone healthy has died from the flu and the answer is yes. I have another female Dr for myself in another surgery so I am going to get a 2nd opinion


 

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