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I guess I'm getting super nervous, again. Should I vaccinate my kids? I realize it's not the H1N1 strain, but it's a CDC recommendation. Won't vaccine be available beginning of October? Please share your thoughts and experience. Thanks.
post #2 of 6
You should sit down with your family doctor and see what he/she says.

Personally I think they are rushing it too fast and haven't adequately studied possible side effects. Plus I don't like the idea of two shots....one is a traumatic ordeal for my oldest one who hates needles with a passion.

I am trying to be proactive. They both know to wash their hands. Teach them to keep their hands away from their face as well. I've also told them if they must drink out of the drinking fountain not to put their mouths on it. Yuck.
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You should sit down with your family doctor and see what he/she says.

Personally I think they are rushing it too fast and haven't adequately studied possible side effects. Plus I don't like the idea of two shots....one is a traumatic ordeal for my oldest one who hates needles with a passion.

I am trying to be proactive. They both know to wash their hands. Teach them to keep their hands away from their face as well. I've also told them if they must drink out of the drinking fountain not to put their mouths on it. Yuck.

Thanks for responding. I've also read that the vaccine is being released too quickly, without adequate testing.

Also, my son bites his nails. I'm very concerned. Any ideas?
post #4 of 6
Nagging worked to get my oldest to stop biting her nails.

I have explained to the girls that this fall/winter there is going to be a virus that can make people sick. I've explained the importance of keeping their hands away from their faces. My oldest washes hands like we do in the hosptal (she turns off the faucet with a paper towel).

Take a deep breathe and just be proactive but not paranoid. Personally I'm not going to shake hands at church like they do (I think they are going to stop that during the flu season though). If I"m standing behind someone that looks sick I change lanes....things like that. I work with immunosuppressed patients so I would feel horrible if I accidently gave them something while I didn't know I was contagious.

How old is your son?

You could also have items on hand that you and your family might need. I have made sure I have ibuprofen and acetaminophin for adults and children.

I work with someone who says she is going to stop checking out books from the library for these months because she doesn't know who has hacked on them. I do love the library so I don't think I'll be doing that. I am being more thoughtful though and not licking my finger to turn the pages.
post #5 of 6
I can't decide about the vaccination either. I feel like they're really rushing it, and don't want to learn about any unexpected side effects it has by them hitting someone in my family. I am thinking that I will buy some SAMS-sized bottles of hand sanitizer to donate to both my kids' classrooms. I've talked to my 1st grader too about the virus (they talked about it in school last year, too) & how important it is to keep his hands clean & to cough into his arm.
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Originally Posted by deemom View Post

Nagging worked to get my oldest to stop biting her nails.

I have explained to the girls that this fall/winter there is going to be a virus that can make people sick. I've explained the importance of keeping their hands away from their faces. My oldest washes hands like we do in the hosptal (she turns off the faucet with a paper towel).

Take a deep breathe and just be proactive but not paranoid. Personally I'm not going to shake hands at church like they do (I think they are going to stop that during the flu season though). If I"m standing behind someone that looks sick I change lanes....things like that. I work with immunosuppressed patients so I would feel horrible if I accidently gave them something while I didn't know I was contagious.

How old is your son?

You could also have items on hand that you and your family might need. I have made sure I have ibuprofen and acetaminophin for adults and children.

I work with someone who says she is going to stop checking out books from the library for these months because she doesn't know who has hacked on them. I do love the library so I don't think I'll be doing that. I am being more thoughtful though and not licking my finger to turn the pages.

Thanks everyone for your advice!

DS is 10. I've already started that scare tactic. Hopefully, it will make an impression on him.
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