Flu Vaccine Season!

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Flu Vaccine Season!

I know I’m preaching to the choir here but it’s nearly flu season. Your child’s doctor should be receiving flu vaccine in the form of a shot or mist soon if they don’t have it already. The AAP recommends all babies six months and older be vaccinated. Here’s a news story that discusses the most up to date recommendations.
http://consumer.healthday.com/infectious-disease-information-21/flu-news-314/children-should-get-flu-vaccine-as-soon-as-possible-679663.html
The flu shot recommendations can be confusing, do any of you find them difficult to understand?

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  1. Sometimes, but my pediatrician does a great job explaining them.

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  2. I was surprised how many options there were this year! But I jumped at the chance to give my son the intranasal version – no shot and better immune response? Yes please!

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  3. I’m very concerned at the increase in number of vaccines being given to children. Sure you may save a few children but it goes against Darwinism and the net outcome to our society may be quite the disaster. Children who can’t fight off diseases on there own are growing up spreading these less desirable genes throughout the population. Eventually a disease will come along that there is no vaccine for and instead of wiping out a small percent of the population it will wipe out a huge percent of the population.
    Vaccines should only be used to eradicate diseases that can not be fought off by the majority of the population (ie. smallpox, ebola!). Also for health care workers.
    probably because of all these vaccines more and more kids have asthma, deadly food allergies, child hood cancers. Even if it is 100 years until the horrific virus wipes most of us out, How can our society afford to keep doing this.

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    1. It is important not to confuse influenza with the common cold. The 1918 flu pandemic infected 500 million people world-wide and nearly 1 in 5 of those people died as a result. Flu can be every bit as deadly as ebola because of how easily it can spread from person to person. People under age 2 are particularly vulnerable to severe disease and death not because they have deficient immune systems but because their immune systems are not mature.

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  4. Flu season is now in full swing with the CDC reporting widespread influenza in 43 states (see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm ). Five pediatric deaths have been reported thus far and many more children have been hospitalized. While this seasons “flu shot” is not a perfect match to the strain that is most prevalent, having had the shot still lessens your child’s risk of severe consequences (like hospitalization, death, and severe disease). It’s not too late to have your child immunized.

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