Give Your Child the Swine Flu Vaccine?

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Give Your Child the Swine Flu Vaccine?
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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 3:28pm
How many parents are eager to jump on the bandwagon with giving all children the swine flu vaccine in the fall? I am not. I keep reading about schools are going to be used for vaccination clinics and children will be targeted first and foremost. I am already wondering how many children will needlessly suffer due to a vaccine that hasn't been thoroughly tested in the proper amount of time.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 5:27pm

No, I'll never get a flu shot, nor will my kids. My husband has gotten the flu 4 out of 5 times that he got the shot so I don't think he'll be getting one either. Even as adults, I think my kids will know that getting the disease may be a nuisance and it may lead to complications but it's nowhere as dangerous as the shot.

I can't wait to see how many people come down with swine flu symptoms but don't have the swine flu after getting the shot.

I'm wondering how many parents will blindly allow this shot. One thing is for certain though, whatever side effects occur will be deemed "coincidental". If a perfectly healthy person drops dead within minutes of getting the shot it will still be considered a coincidence. Some things never change.

And in case you're not aware of it...most of the studies to "test" a vaccine are laughable. They hardly follow the test subjects for more than just a few hours, sometimes a full day --- and they call that a "study" to test the safety. There's usually just a handful of subjects anyway...not really enough to *test* anything, much less safety. I have more about this ridiculous act of testing a vaccine for safety...I'll see if I can find you something to read.

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Registered: 03-25-2004
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 9:14pm
Nope, we won't even think about doing it. I have an egg sensitvity and don't get them. The boys won't eat eggs, so I have no idea if they have a sensitivity or not, but I'm not taking any chances.
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Registered: 12-10-2008
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 9:44pm

I normally get the flu shot every year, but I will NOT be getting the swine flu vaccine and will NOT give my child the vaccine either.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 8:13am

I get the flu vaccine every year b/c I work in an environment with a lot of elderly people and influenza isn't uncommon. Our hospital has even had several H1N1 cases .. but I think I will be reluctant to get the H1N1 vaccine. Technically -- it should be the same process as the creation of the influenza vaccine every year .. same "recipe", different antigen .. but I just can't buy into all the "risk" the media is creating .. it's really not as serious as they'd like us to think. Something like 13,000 cases in the whole country? There are so many more people who get influenza every year.




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Registered: 04-09-2008
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 10:31am

No, No, and Hell No. (Swine flu shot... puleeeeeeeeaze)


Speaking of the swine flu and knee jerk reactions, hear what China is doing? As an FYI for those that didn't hear and travel.... if you go to China and are showing symptoms of the swine flu (which ironically resemble symptoms of the cold and flu), they are quarantining you for 7 days.

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Registered: 10-10-2004
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 10:57am

Wouldn't even consider it here. Aside from the fact that we don't do any vaccinations I see this as history repeating itself. In the 70's there was a swine flu scare and a vaccine rushed to the market with little to no testing. That vaccine caused so many problems it was pulled for safety reasons shortly after the vaccine campaign began. Of course it seems both the public and the government has easily forgotten or dismissed all that.


Every single story of a swine flu death or hospitalization story that I have found, has been followed with the information that the person involved either had other health problems or lived in conditions of poverty and low nutrition. Of course in those situations a person is going to be more suseptable to any illness. That is not a reason to have a wide spread vaccination campaign for every single person, especially a vaccine that has been rushed and thrown onto the market. Despite the lack of true health threat the swine flu poses to the majority of people I can see the campaigns attempting to scare the you know what out of the average person to convince them to vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 3:41pm
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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 4:16pm
Not here either. I was exposed to it last week at a meeting. Just found out the person I sat next to has a confirmed case. Rather build up some natural immunity.





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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 7:31pm


"Rather build up some natural immunity"

It's sad how many people don't even know they have that option.

I just looked through your pictures on facebook. Kiera is just cute as can be - and she sure has grown!

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-23-2009 - 7:43pm
One thing is for certain, the media won't let the public forget about the 1918 epidemic. Nevermind that our environment is so much cleaner now. Nevermind that a family of ten back then lived in a house with probably less than 800 sq feet! Nevermind that even doctors had just learned the importance of hand-washing - even surgeons! And to hear doctors talk about it...you would think that a few cases of flu would mean the death of us all.

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