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Swine flu & under 5's?

MissBehave Avatar
suspended5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Do you think all young children should have the jab?

Doctors say they are not high risk but IMO of course they are!

Really worried after the news and that little girl who died :(

I am pregnant & have not been contacted about the jab by either my Doctor's surgery or midwife.

Called to get one and told they have ran out & would call me. I don't know any of the risks involved with the jab either.

I dunno, I'm worried sick about my toddler getting it :(
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suspended5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Last year/early this year when they had too much of it, they were offering it out to all and sundry. I didn't take my doctor's surgery up on it for my 2 LO's as tbh I thought it may have been like bird flu and just disappeared, and also because there was not much time for testing etc, and so any side effects were unknown!

Anyway, I contacted my Dr's surgery recently as I had seen about the deaths etc in the media, and asked about the jab for my 2 (4yr old and 21 month old) to be told they were not high risk, despite a 5 week old baby contracting it in our local area!!! It's amaazing how about 9 months ago they were considered at risk enough to be offered it but now they aren't!

I have tried to get it for them privately but everywhere has run out of the vaccine, which is awfully strange considering they has storage full of it about 6 months ago, because people were not taking the offer of vaccination up!
#2
Because you're pregnant you are a priority but really they should have given/offered you the jab back in Oct/Nov.
As for your child catching it, my 4 year old (was 3 at the time) had swine flu last winter and recovered fine with no problems. Before Christmas she caught 'normal' flu. In most cases its only people with underlying health problems that need to worry.

I'm off for my jab this afternoon now that my health centre has more supplies!

Edited By: galareho on Jan 13, 2011 08:20
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silkymolo
Last year/early this year when they had too much of it, they were offering it out to all and sundry. I didn't take my doctor's surgery up on it for my 2 LO's as tbh I thought it may have been like bird flu and just disappeared, and also because there was not much time for testing etc, and so any side effects were unknown!

Anyway, I contacted my Dr's surgery recently as I had seen about the deaths etc in the media, and asked about the jab for my 2 (4yr old and 21 month old) to be told they were not high risk, despite a 5 week old baby contracting it in our local area!!! It's amaazing how about 9 months ago they were considered at risk enough to be offered it but now they aren't!

I have tried to get it for them privately but everywhere has run out of the vaccine, which is awfully strange considering they has storage full of it about 6 months ago, because people were not taking the offer of vaccination up!


I'm thinking of getting it private for my lil one, she is 17 months, do you know anywhere that will give it to kids please? I heard boots & Lloyds say no to under 16's x
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galareho
Because you're pregnant you are a priority but really they should have given/offered you the jab back in Oct/Nov.
As for your child catching it, my 4 year old (was 3 at the time) had swine flu last winter but recovered with no problems. Before Christmas she caught 'normal' flu. In most cases its only people with underlying health problems that need to worry.


Glad your little one was ok! I just think that babies & toddlers dont really have much of an immune system so are at risk :( My 13 year old has asthma but not a word about him either from Dr's
#5
MissBehave
silkymolo
Last year/early this year when they had too much of it, they were offering it out to all and sundry. I didn't take my doctor's surgery up on it for my 2 LO's as tbh I thought it may have been like bird flu and just disappeared, and also because there was not much time for testing etc, and so any side effects were unknown!Anyway, I contacted my Dr's surgery recently as I had seen about the deaths etc in the media, and asked about the jab for my 2 (4yr old and 21 month old) to be told they were not high risk, despite a 5 week old baby contracting it in our local area!!! It's amaazing how about 9 months ago they were considered at risk enough to be offered it but now they aren't!I have tried to get it for them privately but everywhere has run out of the vaccine, which is awfully strange considering they has storage full of it about 6 months ago, because people were not taking the offer of vaccination up!
I'm thinking of getting it private for my lil one, she is 17 months, do you know anywhere that will give it to kids please? I heard boots & Lloyds say no to under 16's x


Have you tried the Asdas, Tesco's and Sainsbury's etc for them. I didn't know they had an age limit, never gotten to that question, just been to enquire but they hav said they cannot get any.

Maybe worth giving Bupa or another private group a call, but I am thinking it is a nationwide lack of vaccine as opposed to provider specific
banned#6
Are flu death rates going up each year or are the media sensationalising swine flu to sell papers?
#7
My son and daughter both had the jabs last year. My Son was very poorly afterwards, reacted really bad to it that he was hospitalised.
Both my son and Daughter have asthma. My eldest DD doesnt, she hasn't been protected, so I feel quite wrong that 2 of mine have and I have left one open to catch it.
Even though my son got bad after it I do feel it was the best choice.
I really hope they get some more supplies soon for the pregnant and little ones.
#8
I think the guidelines should be made more clear I hsve a son of 2 and a daughter of 5 and dont know what to do for the best?
[mod][Moderator]#9
OP you should ring GP again re yourself as you are pregnant, to my understanding Bupa will vaccinate 1 yr+ , my own surgery are not offering people with asthma the vaccination and yet every other year with my old gp I had the seasonal flu vaccine as a matter of course, I only received it this year as I am the main carer for my son who also received it as he has a very weak immune system.
I think whats different with swine flu is that it is affecting people under the age of 65 more than over that age as per the " norm ". My dad who is 77 was in daily contact with my sister last year who actually had swine flu confirmed, yet he didn't catch it, he believes its due to the fact that just after the war there was a very bad flu outbreak ( not as bad as the spanish flu one ) and it was later found out it was a similar strain to h1n1, so he believes that people of his generation have built up a resistance to it.
I have asked my own gp about my 14 mth old and 4 mth old, ( the youngest would be too young anyway ) and he has said that he wouldn't recommend getting it done even privately, I am very tempted to do so anyway, but the girls are both recovering from a nasty chesty cough virus, so couldn't contemplate it until they were completely well again, as the gp has actually put the 4 mth olds routine vaccs off for 3 weeks for her to recover.
#10
Death rates arent going up in general but with swine flu the percentage of healthy people dying is much higher than it is with regular flu which normally kills only the sick and elderly,
master_chief
Are flu death rates going up each year or are the media sensationalising swine flu to sell papers?
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tonyg1962
Death rates arent going up in general but with swine flu the percentage of healthy people dying is much higher than it is with regular flu which normally kills only the sick and elderly,
master_chief
Are flu death rates going up each year or are the media sensationalising swine flu to sell papers?

I'm not disputing it but are there any statistics to support this, genuinely interested in the facts surrounding it.
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wishihadadonkey
OP you should ring GP again re yourself as you are pregnant, to my understanding Bupa will vaccinate 1 yr+ , my own surgery are not offering people with asthma the vaccination and yet every other year with my old gp I had the seasonal flu vaccine as a matter of course, I only received it this year as I am the main carer for my son who also received it as he has a very weak immune system.
I think whats different with swine flu is that it is affecting people under the age of 65 more than over that age as per the " norm ". My dad who is 77 was in daily contact with my sister last year who actually had swine flu confirmed, yet he didn't catch it, he believes its due to the fact that just after the war there was a very bad flu outbreak ( not as bad as the spanish flu one ) and it was later found out it was a similar strain to h1n1, so he believes that people of his generation have built up a resistance to it.
I have asked my own gp about my 14 mth old and 4 mth old, ( the youngest would be too young anyway ) and he has said that he wouldn't recommend getting it done even privately, I am very tempted to do so anyway, but the girls are both recovering from a nasty chesty cough virus, so couldn't contemplate it until they were completely well again, as the gp has actually put the 4 mth olds routine vaccs off for 3 weeks for her to recover.


I was really ill in the week before christmas, woke up one morning and my chest I just could not breath. Went to see GP and was given antibiotics for a chest infection. Next day got all the other worrying symptoms, runny nose, headache, upset tum etc. Dr said it was too late to give me swine flu tablets. I wonder now if all these chest infections are swine flu as it goes to your chest!
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tonyg1962
Death rates arent going up in general but with swine flu the percentage of healthy people dying is much higher than it is with regular flu which normally kills only the sick and elderly,
master_chief
Are flu death rates going up each year or are the media sensationalising swine flu to sell papers?


Its pregnant people(or just given birth), small kids and apparently healthy people this time :(
#14
I dont know much about the vaccine, but I personally feel that it was rushed and not sure about its long term side effects, last year they were giving it out to under 5's and pregnant women, and now the fact that they are changing this now is more concerning, I opted not to get any of my 3 children the vaccine last year, (all three were under 5) and I still stand by that decision this year, but you have to do what's right for you
#15
^^^^^ I opted out too the nurse said to me it makes them ill...so i thought sod it.... Now am wondering should i have had it done. My 2 yr old has flu again now for the 3 time in 3 months ....not nice !
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tracyhay
I dont know much about the vaccine, but I personally feel that it was rushed and not sure about its long term side effects, last year they were giving it out to under 5's and pregnant women, and now the fact that they are changing this now is more concerning, I opted not to get any of my 3 children the vaccine last year, (all three were under 5) and I still stand by that decision this year, but you have to do what's right for you


That was exactly my feelings about the vaccination, but am a little more worried this time as it is healthier people and youngsters that are falling victim now. I have just found out that there has been a death in my area of a healthy 3 year old due to swine flu. I would be mortified if anything happened to one of my kids because I had not vaccinated them, but then again would probably feel worse if I had, had them vaccinated and they got a side effect that we are not yet aware of!
suspended#17
It's such a hard one to decide isn't it. No reassurance from the government as usual. I think they are running out (I have to wait for a call when its back at my dr's) thats why little ones are not being offered it. If I knew there was no risk in the future after jab, I'd rather give my vaccine to my youngest if they let me but I'm sure they wouldn't.
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lol, sorry I know this is a very serious subject but was just laughing at your tags for this thread
#19
lkscoltand
lol, sorry I know this is a very serious subject but was just laughing at your tags for this thread


I hadn't noticed, but did laugh when I looked after you had pointed them out!!
#20
We didn't have our kids (1 and 3) done last year when offered. As others have said it felt too rushed and untested
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I forgot about my tags (_;)
#22
I rang my drs yesterday as I have a 13 month old who was born 10 weeks prem, I thought he might have been eligilble but they told me no they wouldnt be offering him it. I did receive a letter last year but he was to young then. I now feel it has been taken out my hands so what can I do! I just hope it all blows over like it did last year but I think I might try and get in early next year before the panic, its normally november time the vaccines come out.
#23
#24
A mother I work with had her lo vaccinated last year and has been told this year it lasts for two years so he won't need it again until next year. I have also heard of another mother who has had heart problems and her daughter who has a low immune system were told they couldnt have it and subsequently the daughter ended up in intensive care with swine flu over christmas, she is ok now tho, but I would have thought they would have fit the criteria for vaccination.
#25
During my pregnancy last year, I chose not to have the jag (much to the annoyance of my doctor) - just like tracyhay above I feel that its not been tested enough. We decided not to give it to my other 2 children (under 5) either. When I did my research last year on it, I found out that it had not been tested on children or pregnant women, so that seemed to big a risk to me. A lot of conspiracy theories on the web about this one, all very interesting. Does swine flu even exist - we are being fed information about what the government want us to know via the news - you have to make a decision you are comfortable with?
#26
yDoctors say they are not high risk but IMO of course they are!


Tbh they probably know better.
#27
Think private is the only way to go for under 18, have 4 kids but only 1 was able to have jab on nhs, looked up nearest private hospital htey didnt do it so im not sure where to look next?? My gp reckons we are over the worst of it but i dont believe him, felt like we were being fobbed off. Anyone know where to get it privately?
#28
my two year old is getting it this week but only after pestering the doctors surgery for it, he's had a lot of trouble with his chest and has been in hospital twice last year due to breathing difficulties so with his underlying health problems i'm really glad he's getting it
suspended#29
Sods law, after writing this post, my little one got the flu! Took her to Dr's yesterday but they won't do anything so just calpol and forcing fluid down her.

They did insist I had my jab there and then tho so I am covered. Kept waking up all last night boiling hot after the jab :/

She seems a bit brighter today (fingers crossed)

They didnt even contact me to say they had the jab in stock again at my doctors even though i was top of the list oO
#30
I never got my little one done last year she was 3 at the time and i don't know weather to get her immunised against it or not ... As at the time we did not know much about it

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