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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    I guess we both have different ways of evaluating information provided to us to help us decide whether or not to get the flu vax .
    In some situations I can understand why people don't get the vax. They have good reasons for it.
    However, your reason is because someone you know, spoke to this head of the Australian Immunization something, who advised not to do it.
    But WHY did he/she advise against it?

    It's like saying: "I am getting married"
    "Dont do it! I know a person who has a mother who's sister got married to her best friend and they divorced a year later".
    "Oh ok, thanks for that. I wont get married".

    My decision of getting DS a flushot is based on different information and knowledge. I am going from personal experience, 5 years of studying biochemistry and an internship manufacturing vaccines with the Dutch CSIRO.

    Anyway, it's good to know I'm not the only (bad) mother out there getting their toddler a flu shot
    Hi Misschief. I haven't got my kids the flu vaccine or myself. I am genuinely interested in your reasons and research on why u chose to. I like to keep myself informed Are u possibly able to post this info? Or could u PM me? Thanks!

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    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! :-) ***

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

    http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/in...-TIV-march2012

    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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