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For those getting flu shots

Postby Skeely » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:07 pm

DD got her flu shot yesterday, but then I came home and read this on the CDC website: Children 6 months through 8 years of age who did not receive at least one dose of the 2010-2011 vaccine, or whom it is not certain whether the 2010-2011 was received, should receive 2 doses of the 2011-2012 seasonal vaccine.
(link here)http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm
It goes on to say the doses should be given 28 days apart.
My doctor never mentioned this. Is anyone's doctor having their child get 2 flu shots this year?
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Postby monkeysauce » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:35 pm

Yep, they're having me do this with my daughter. They said the first shot whips their immune response, and they really build up immunity with the second *shrug*.
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Postby Skeely » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:12 pm

Thanks for the response. I suppose I should call the doc.
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Postby tiredlullaby » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:14 pm

haven't heard about it, but I probably will at her 10 month appt next week.
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Postby Egray » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:28 pm

When the girls went for their 1st flu shot last year they told us if we didn't get the booster we'd have to get 2 this year. We went with the booster though and they only needed one this year. I think its only for their 1st dose they require a booster.
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Postby Skeely » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:04 pm

It does sound like it is the standard. I'm wondering why they didn't mention it to me. I appreciate the feedback!
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Postby babyhelstrup » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:13 pm

Just a question.. Why not let them get sick and build up a life time immunity? Yes a sck LO sucks but thats how we build our immune system by actually getting a cold/ flu. the flu shot bypassess your bodies responce and there for it does not "learn". Just my 2 cents. I know so many that get the flu shot and end up sick.. Not really sure I see it as helping...
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Postby Skeely » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:53 am

Well, in the case of my family, my daughter had a very severe case of RSV 6 months ago for which she was hospitalized for almost a week. Children who have to be hospitalized for RSV are at much higher risk for needing to return to the hospital with any kind of lower respiratory illness, either because the RSV damages their lungs, or because children who get this sick tend to be asthmatics who just haven't been diagnosed yet (the doctors don't know which reason). Having your baby struggling to breathe in the hospital more than sucks, so I will do what I can to reduce the odds of it happening again this year. In truth I probably would have had her get the shot anyway, although when I was childless I did usually just take my chances with the flu.

eta: Oh yeah, and while I'm here, I forgot to update--they did call back to say she would definitely need the second shot. Dunno why they didn't tell me that in the first place :dunno:
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Postby babyhelstrup » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:29 am

I totally understand.
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