stressing about flu season

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Registered: 03-12-2005
stressing about flu season
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Tue, 10-20-2009 - 11:29am
This is the first year where I have actually feared flu season. My oldest dd(17) had pneumonia last winter so now she is more susceptible to respiratory illness for two years. yesterday 300 students were out with illness. I am worried because not only do we have seasonal flu to contend with, now there is swine flu. Thoughts? if your child were like mine would you have either(swine or seasonal)

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Tue, 10-20-2009 - 12:13pm
Everyone is different. I fear this years' flu season about as much as I did before. (not at all, neither for me nor my kids). There's been quite a

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Registered: 09-18-2004
Tue, 10-20-2009 - 3:25pm

I feel you. I'm so worried about it all this year. I never use to be. Now you just never know what your kid's reaction could be to H1N1 freaks me out more!!! I am 99.9% sure I'm not doing the shot. I just don't feel safe being tested on for the government! Hopefully everything is fine with it but what if it's not. And I probably will get the kids regular flu shot. They've done fine with it in the past. I just got mine few weeks ago. All was well.


So stressful!!!!

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Tue, 10-20-2009 - 3:38pm
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Tue, 10-20-2009 - 3:52pm
Thank you . :)
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 12:13am

If my child had 38 vaccines by the time they were 18 months old, I would be worried too. But yours are older and likely only had half that many, or less. Plus, the older they are, the greater the chance they've recovered from the immune system damage caused by the vaccines. (Just my opinion.)

The pneumonia issue is scary but don't let the hype get to you, it is a lot of hype. The children who are dying are likely immune deficient in the first place, I've been searching for a swine-flu death of a never-vaccinated child but its difficult to get the vaccine-status info. Besides, I have yet to read a study that proves this new vaccine will work any better than the usual flu vaccines (let me know if you want studies). What I have read is regarding test subjects and their immunity was tested within days of the vaccine. I would like to see those same test subjects tested a few months later.

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 1:29am
Viral or bacterial pneumonia?

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Registered: 03-12-2005
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 7:25am

She had viral pneumonia. It wasn't classified with regard to mild, moderate etc. I know that she needed a bronchiodialator for months after. When she would laugh hard she'd go into bronchial spasms. My dd has always been relatively healthy. She is a vegetarian who eats very healthy, exercises, etc. She normally gets well quickly if she gets a virus. Last winter's pnuemonia was an exception.


Just yesterday, I heard reports that a seemingly healthy teenaged

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 3:05pm
I have to be honest if you are going to take every media story and internalize it and you believe the vaccine is safe and effective (at least safer than getting h1n1)

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 4:30pm

I agree its a personal decision that varies on your family's medical history and your personal propensity for either risk of a vaccine or risk from contracting an illness.

Everyone has to follow their own instinct!






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Registered: 03-12-2005
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 5:33pm

My children have never had a flu vaccine. I am trying to gather information and I was wondering if anyone had any insights to share.


As far as media stories are concerned,

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