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    Dang, I did some quick research and it looks like there is debate and no certainty as to whether what you get now, will be effective later, if it mutates. So, angelmom, it looks like there is no consensus yet. One report I read stated that every year flu shots are given that might be the same virus as the year before but they give it each year because if it mutates, it could be different. Now I really don't know what to do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    Dang, I did some quick research and it looks like there is debate and no certianity as to whther what you get now, will be effective later, if it mutates. So, angelmom, it looks like there is no consensus yet. One report I read stated that every year flue shots are given that might be the same virus as the year before but they give it each year beacuse if it mutates, it could be different. Now I really don't know what to do!
    Thanks wasn't enough!

    I appreciate it. This is exactly what is so frustrating to me. I feel like this has all been rush-rush and no one really knows the right answers. I don't want to end up with some terrible side effect (and maybe get the flu anyway!) just b/c of panic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    Noor: You can just add a write-in category of "no" and vote that way.


    Thank you!
    I just did and voted.

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    I can't b/c I'm allergic. If I could & my doctor recommended it, I would. Someone at work has the swine flu & I'm a bit nervous. Ok, really nervous. Almost everyone there has been sick within the last 6 weeks or so, except me & perhaps 2-3 others. I don't know what they had but I'm worried the strain has hit more than once already and I'm next on its hit-list!

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    My son has Cystic Fibrosis and his doctors are urging me to get him vaccinated. As of today, we're still unable to find someplace that has any here.

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    My doctor has swine flu. He and his staff have been unable to get the vaccination in our area.

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    I voted no, it does no good.

    To expand on that, not only do I believe it does no good, I think the whole reason that the viruses and other illness are evolving so fast and becoming so deadly are that we have very little natural immunity. We are so obsessed with never getting sick that now when we do, we can't fight the illness and it kills us.
    I don't get flu shots of any type, nor do I get the pneumonia shot , nor do I allow my kids to get the chicken pox shot.
    Necessary vaccinations only.
    The only exception that I am considering is my younger son, but his lungs have been through so much, that they have warned us that one more major respiratory episode in the next few years could be too much for him. So, depending on what his doc says next week, he might get the vaccine.
    I agree totally with you, nmk! I voted the same.

    I know a lot of people who have gotten a flu shot and still got sick, and even those who got sick because of the shot. (Of course, it can help also. Not saying it can't.) But I also never get the normal flu shot (or anything else), and wouldn't change because of the H1N1 hype. I'm not a "conspiracy theorist" or anything, and I'm not against people getting the vaccine. There are people who should get it. I just don't think it's any more necessary than a normal flu vaccine. IMO.

    I also agree about the obsession about killing germs and not getting sick. Getting sick once in a while is GOOD FOR YOU! All of these vaccines and craziness is just making the viruses mutate and get stronger. If anyone is really interested in this subject, the book Betrayal of Trust by Laurie Garrett is a very long but very interesting read!

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    I'm really surprised at the results so far on this poll! I guess I figured pretty much everyone would be rushing to get it.
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    Question: How do they know when you get sick that it is the swine flu, another flu or just a cold or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poco View Post
    Question: How do they know when you get sick that it is the swine flu, another flu or just a cold or something?
    The majority of people I know who got it started with a sudden, high fever and that exhausted body ache like with the regular flu. Most developed a sore throat and terrible cough, but that was after they already knew they were sick. The fever was the first clue.

    Having said that, I do know of multiple cases where someone never got a fever or only had a mild one. A friend's son went to the dr. b/c of a sore throat and the dr. just happened to do a flu test and strep test. They were all surprised when it was flu and not strep. He never had a fever over about 99, and never felt bad. It was hard for them to know when to let him go back to school.

    There have also been some kids with a high fever but who never develop the other symptoms. Literally playing and running around at home, fever free most of the day, and then it spikes again at night for several days.

    So who knows? Many drs. are not testing for it at all anymore. One friend just posted on her fb page that her dd has all the symptoms and the dr. thinks it is probably flu, but he doesn't want her in the office so they won't know for sure. So much for that state of emergency leading to better tracking!


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    Everyone's votes and responses are really interesting. I cannot vote, because I am completely on the fence. I've been trying to figure out for weeks if I will get my kids, ages 20 months and 4 years, vacc'd or not. They are my only concern right now, especially because my 4 year old has a history or respiratory issues because of his rough start in life. He is supposed to be in preschool right now but I am terrified of him getting sick so I haven't put him in this year. I don't want the H1N1 scare to ruin our entire fall/winter and make us sit in the house because I'm worried about the kids getting sick.

    I did ask their pediatrician if the vaccine is safe, and she said it's made in the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine (which they did get) and yes it's safe. But a friend of mine in another state told me her kids' pediatrician office didn't even order the vaccine because they don't recommend it. I don't think I've ever been so confused in my life!

    Edited to add: I usually don't worry about the flu like this, but with the reports of the high number of small children dying just scares the bejesus out of me. Not all of them had underlying conditions either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by January. View Post
    Everyone's votes and responses are really interesting. I cannot vote, because I am completely on the fence. I've been trying to figure out for weeks if I will get my kids, ages 20 months and 4 years, vacc'd or not. They are my only concern right now, especially because my 4 year old has a history or respiratory issues because of his rough start in life. He is supposed to be in preschool right now but I am terrified of him getting sick so I haven't put him in this year. I don't want the H1N1 scare to ruin our entire fall/winter and make us sit in the house because I'm worried about the kids getting sick.

    I did ask their pediatrician if the vaccine is safe, and she said it's made in the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine (which they did get) and yes it's safe. But a friend of mine in another state told me her kids' pediatrician office didn't even order the vaccine because they don't recommend it. I don't think I've ever been so confused in my life!

    Edited to add: I usually don't worry about the flu like this, but with the reports of the high number of small children dying just scares the bejesus out of me. Not all of them had underlying conditions either.
    It is scary January, and confusing too! My grandchildren are in N. J. and Billy is 7 with a history of respiratory problems. He has VATERS syndrome and asthma and allergies and a weakened immune system. To see him, you'd swear he was healthy as a horse (!!) but if he catches anything, he's liable to get so sick, so quickly, he'll need to be hospitalized. Anyway, they are offering the nasal mist for H1N1 thru the school district. (Edited to clarify: permission slips have been sent home although vaccine hasn't been done yet in their N.J. school) His pediatrician (who has been there from day 1 and an absolute GODSEND!!!) told my daughter absolutely not, although he MUST have the injection as soon as it is available. And BIlly had the H1N1 flu 6 wks or so ago but the Dr. said there are several strains out there and he still needed the vaccine. My granddaughter, who is healthy thank God, he said to go ahead and have her get the mist thru the school and STILL come in with BIlly when he has the vaccine available in the office. YIKES. He mentioned the recent deaths to my daughter of 2 children and said it's nothing to play with.

    SO much conflicting info out there! BUT, I think I'll be getting mine when available.....just to be on the safe side.
    Last edited by LookyLu; 10-29-2009 at 01:41 PM. Reason: Clarification on H1N1 in N.J.

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    I voted no, that I don't trust what's in the vaccine. Besides, most in my town will have had it by the time we get the vaccine, and I believe my grandson and I already had it. I had aches, slight fever, headaches, and mild sore throat. My grandson had a slight cough, sore throat, headache, body ache, and high fever. It wasn't a cold or any other flu because it's way too early for our regular flu season.

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    My daughter just got over the swine flu last week. It kicked her to the curb, but she's fine now. She's in grad school...her doctor told her that it was infants and senior citizens, who have weak immune systems that had the serious problems with this. However, a few towns over a 17 year old was sent home from school w/the symptoms and two days later he passed away. I don't know more details...

    I've known a few people now that have had it, they've all told me it's like a bad "regular" flu.

    I'm not getting the shot...don't trust it, but that's not based on anything but my own wild imagination. I have very little interaction with humans (work with horses), so I'm hoping that's insurance enough, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopGunner View Post
    My daughter just got over the swine flu last week. It kicked her to the curb, but she's fine now. She's in grad school...her doctor told her that it was infants and senior citizens, who have weak immune systems that had the serious problems with this. However, a few towns over a 17 year old was sent home from school w/the symptoms and two days later he passed away. I don't know more details...

    I've known a few people now that have had it, they've all told me it's like a bad "regular" flu.

    I'm not getting the shot...don't trust it, but that's not based on anything but my own wild imagination. I have very little interaction with humans (work with horses), so I'm hoping that's insurance enough, lol.
    I was tested today...I have it. Feel rough...but I did not get the shot, wouldn't get the shot. Now that I have had it, my body will build up immunities and if it comes back...Shoes doesn't get it. Mr. Shoes says he wants it, so he too will then be immune t it.....he does some study with CDC and OSHA guidelines as a part of his business. Overseas, they are not afraid to catch a virus. Nor am I. I will be fine by late next week. No antibiotics, no vaccine. Just me.

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